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Adam Breneman’s College Career Continues As UMass Grad Transfer

Former Penn State tight end Adam Breneman appeared to hang up his cleats for a career in politics following the 2015 season — his redshirt sophomore campaign — due to multiple knee injuries, but Breneman announced Tuesday that he’s coming out of retirement to continue his playing career as a grad transfer at Massachusetts.

Breneman received his business management degree this past December, allowing him to compete immediately for head coach Mark Whipple’s Minutemen. He’ll pursue an MBA at the Isenberg School of Management. Breneman will be reunited with long-time friends Andrew Ford, a high school teammate of his at Cedar Cliff, and Whipple’s son Austin, a former run-on quarterback under Bill O’Brien who transferred to his father’s program following the 2013 season.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Breneman arrived in State College as the co-headliner of the Nittany Lions’ 2013 recruiting class alongside Christian Hackenberg. Breneman was considered a high four-star prospect coming out of high school and the nation’s second-ranked tight end, according to 247Sports.

Breneman made a splash right away as a true freshman, building a strong rapport with Hackenberg that culminated in three touchdown grabs in consecutive games to end the regular season, including a beautiful 68-yard strike in the upset over Wisconsin.

Expectations were high for Breneman heading into his sophomore year, but a second knee injury kept him off the field in 2014 as he took a redshirt and continued to dive into his studies. Breneman made his return during the Ohio State game this past fall and also saw brief action against Michigan State, but didn’t record a catch in either contest. After announcing his retirement in January, he took a post as Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Mike Regan’s campaign manager.

Breneman and the Minutemen will kick off their season with a test in “The Swamp” against Florida. He’ll have two years to play two in Amhurst. Here’s wishing you all the best, Adam! We’ll be rooting for you.


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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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