Penn State tight end Adam Breneman will be sidelined indefinitely with an undisclosed injury, head coach James Franklin announced on Monday.
The nature and severity of Breneman’s injury is not known.
One of the Nittany Lions most promising young players, Breneman saw his stock as a developing playmaker rise during his true freshman season last fall. The former Cedar Cliff star, who played a large part in keeping most of the 2013 recruiting class together despite the NCAA sanctions leveled against the program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, caught 10 of his 15 passes over the final five games. Breneman added three touchdowns in the final three games.
Breneman finished last season with 186 yards and played in 11 of the team’s 12 games.
Looking to increase his prowess as a blocker, Breneman said earlier this summer he added about 15 pounds to his frame. Breneman sat out most of spring practice with a bone bruise. Breneman missed his senior season at Cedar Cliff after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.
Penn State returns juniors Kyle Carter and Jesse James in addition to sophomore Brent Wilkerson to the tight end corps. Wilkerson redshirted last season after suffering a back injury.
It is the first time Franklin has reported an injury since he was hired in January.
Freshman changes positions
True freshman safety Koa Farmer found himself among the Nittany Lions’ linebackers during team photos at Beaver Stadium on Sunday.
This season, he’ll spend the majority of his time lining up next to them on the field.
Penn State announced Farmer has switched positions after being recruited as a safety. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder brought a physical edge from his safety spot at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He’s among a handful of players who are spending time at the team’s star position, a linebacker spot with emphasis on coverage.