Oct 27, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions fans cheer during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Adam Breneman on Catch the Cure, Penn State and More

I had a chance to catch up with Penn State future tight end Adam Breneman on Tuesday about what’s going on in with Catch the Cure, Christian Hackenberg and his Penn State future.

Catch the Cure is Adam’s charity project to raise money for project A.L.S. It began just a few short months ago and has blown away just about everyone’s expectations. The total raised so far is over $50,000.

“$20,000 was our goal, originally and we hit that within like 48 hours, which was awesome. Since then, Cleveland Brothers has pledged to match the total, so we’ll raise well over $100,000 when it’s over.”

On his high school football team:

“We’ve lost 3 games by a total of like 10 points. We just lost a touch game to Bishop-McDevitt, one of the best teams in the state by 10 points, so we have 4 losses but if we win this week, we’ll probably host a first round playoff game.”
On friend, teammate and PSU recruit Andrew Ford:

“Andrew is one of my best friends and we talk about it all the time. He doesn’t have any offers yet but he’s at a point where the MAC schools are telling him ‘you’re not going to come to a MAC school so we’re not going to bother recruiting you’ but the big schools haven’t offered yet. He’s in an in-between phase right now. I just tell him not to compare himself to me because offering a tight end and offering a quarterback are two different things. The quarterback is the guy the program is going to be built around for four years, so they’re going to take a little more time. At the end of the day, you don’t need to have 40 offers, you just need to have one school that believes in you and one school that you believe in. I’m confident that he’s going to find that school soon.”

On Bill O’Brien and the Penn State offense:

“I don’t think this offense has scratched the surface of where it can go. O’Brien says that all the time. I don’t think this offense is close to reaching it’s full potential. Obviously their tight ends are having a great season, leading the country in receptions. It just provides you with such a matchup problem when you have guys like Kyle (Carter).”

On the Ohio State Whiteout:

I’ve been to a lot of games all across the country and I’ve been to a lot of Penn State games and I haven’t seen a place like that. I know a lot of the recruits were blown away by that. Being on the field and seeing the student section it’s a neat experience and I’m glad they got to experience it.”

On classmate Christian Hackenberg:

“Christian has been completely committed to Penn State ever since the beginning.  I think all of us were taken aback at one point because a lot of things had changed with the sanctions and the bowl ban. He was quiet during the summer for about a month but people should know that Christian didn’t have a phone for about 3 weeks in August because he goes to a military academy and they take their phones. I think Christian is 150% committed to Penn State. All we talk about now is playing together and getting on campus soon.”

On the knee injury:

“The knee feels great. I’m running under water and jogging on land some. Might start running a little harder soon. We’re being aggressive but also being careful. I’m not trying to rush it back in six months. I’ve also had a lot of time to work out my upper body and I feel as solid as I’ve ever been, physically. I feel like I’m ready to start up at Penn State in January.”

Adam isn’t setting the spring game as a goal but will play in it if he’s ready.

The last day to donate to Catch the Cure is November 18th. Be sure to check out the site, catch-the-cure.com for details. Adam started this after he tore his ACL and his accomplishments off the field have already eclipsed what he has done on the field in his high school career. His efforts to raise money for Project A.L.S are truly remarkable.


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