Report: Another prominent Penn State opting out of 2020 season
Penn State’s roster already took a hit earlier this year, with All-America linebacker Micah Parsons opting out of the 2020 season to begin his pursuit of a career in the NFL. The Nittany Lions appear to be taking another big blow, this time on the offensive side of the ball.
Jon Sauber of the Centre Daily Times reported on Wednesday that star tight end Pat Freiermuth has decided not to play for Penn State during the 2020 season — whenever it happens. It was not clear whether Freiermuth intends to declare for the NFL Draft, or if he plans to stay in Happy Valley for the 2021 season.
Freiermuth surprised many following Penn State’s 11-2 campaign, deciding to return to State College for another season with the program. He was expected to declare for the NFL Draft, as he was considered to be a lock as a selection.
In his two seasons on the field at Penn State, Freiermuth has proven to be a lethal weapon for the offense. He’s totaled 875 yards and 15 touchdowns on 69 receptions during his career. Last year, he had 43 catches for 507 yards and 7 scores.
In a mock draft from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Freiermuth is pegged as an early second-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.