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Micah Parsons, Pat Freiermuth Named Associated Press Preseason All-Americans

It won’t play this fall, but Penn State football is still getting plenty of love from the Associated Press.

Micah Parsons and Pat Freiermuth were both named to the AP preseason All-America first-team Tuesday. The Nittany Lions are among 11 players selected to the team who won’t play football this fall.

The pair have already collected plenty of preseason awards this past summer. Parsons was named to the Maxwell Award watch list in July, while Freiermuth found himself on the Mackey and Biletnikoff Award watch lists just a few days earlier.

Both players were expected to have massive junior seasons on either side of the ball, but things changed quickly over the course of a summer full of Big Ten announcements. Parsons announced earlier in August that he would opt out of the 2020 season and begin training for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Freiermuth was set to stay for the 2020 season, but won’t get a chance to play this fall as the Big Ten announced its decision earlier this month to postpone fall sports.

Parsons had a dominant two-year career at Penn State, as the linebacker leaves with 191 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, and six forced fumbles on his career. It’s unclear what Freiermuth’s plans are if a spring football season is played, but there’s no doubt he remains one of the top tight ends in college football. He hauled in 43 catches worth 507 yards and seven scores last season.

Along with the first-team selections, Penn State was ranked No. 7 in the first AP Top 25 poll of the season Monday.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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