VBR’s look at player previews leading up to the start of the 2014 season in Dublin, Ireland continues the tight end trend today with a preview of Adam Breneman.
The sophomore is another member of Penn State’s impressive collection of tight ends. The Camp Hill, PA native joins Kyle Carter and Jesse James to form one of the best tight end units not only in the Big Ten, but in the nation.
Breneman was ranked by Rivals as a 4-star recruit and was the 78th overall in the class. He had offers from over 30 schools and could have gone anywhere he wanted, but he narrowed it down to Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Maryland before eventually choosing the Nittany Lions.
Aside from Christian Hackenberg, Breneman was arguably the biggest recruit that Bill O’Brien got to come to Penn State. Breneman saw plenty of playing time as a true freshman in 2013 and he finished his rookie campaign with 15 catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns, including one touchdown in each of the last three games of the season.
Breneman really seemed to form a great chemistry with Hackenberg and the pair will look to keep things going in 2014.
Even though James and Carter also return at tight end, expect Breneman’s numbers to increase due to Allen Robinson‘s departure to the NFL. Breneman has ideal tight end size (6-4, 235 pounds), great hands and is a solid route runner. He showed glimpses of his potential last year and the best of Breneman is certainly yet to come.
About 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns seem like attainable numbers for the second year tight end in 2014.