Mr. Reliable: This stat about Penn State's Pat Freiermuth is ridiculous
Quarterbacks love playing with receivers and tight ends who haul in every pass that’s thrown their way. It’s especially important inside the red zone. Based on a recent statistic that was released, that sure-handedness is probably why Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth was a regular target in the red zone.
Pro Football Focus recently revealed a pretty impressive stat involving Freiermuth. The Penn State tight end didn’t ever drop a pass thrown his direction in the red zone in his three seasons with the Nittany Lions.
That’s a pretty valuable asset to have on your side.
Freiermuth didn’t have many catches in the red zone this past season for the Nittany Lions because of an injury that kept him sidelined. He had just 2 receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown during the 2020 campaign inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. The previous two seasons were a different story.
In the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Freiermuth hauled in 17 passes for 187 yards and 12 touchdowns when Penn State was in the red zone. That means he was targeted 19 total times in the red zone during his career in Happy Valley, and totaled 199 yards and 13 touchdowns without a single drop.
Pat Freiermuth didn't drop a single pass in the red zone across three seasons at Penn State pic.twitter.com/ZvFfQId1Kt
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 13, 2021
Over the course of his three-year career at Penn State, Freirmuth made 92 catches for 1,185 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s considered one of the top tight end prospects available in the 2021 NFL Draft.
If he can be as reliable in the red zone at the next level as he was at Penn State, Freiermuth’s professional career witll be in great shape.