Penn State Football: Tight End spot goes three deep in 2019

Penn State football’s depth at tight end could be a huge difference maker in 2019. The team carries a trio of experienced players.

It’s no secret that Penn State football tight end Pat Freiermuth recorded a brilliant freshman season. After graduating Mike Gesicki the previous year, the team needed a trusty target that could go and get the football. Freiermuth did that to the tune of 26 catches for 368 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns.

Freiermuth broke out and grabbed the attention of not only Penn State but the entire conference. But, he’s far from the only notable player at the tight end spot. Entering 2019, Penn State brings a wealth of talent and experience to the tight end spot. Upcoming fifth-year seniors Nick Bowers and Jonathan Holland are both back along with Freiermuth.

Bowers and Holland don’t have the same name notoriety to fans, but they are solid options in their own right. Bowers has seven catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns, while Holland has 10 receptions for 130 yards in their careers. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, the two were in a position battle for the starting job at tight end.

Once Freiermuth emerged, those two lost some reps on the field. Nevertheless, the two players give the offense options for the next season. Fifth-year senior QB and first-year starter Tommy Stevens needs players he can trust when he takes over. Bowers and Holland played in more than 40 combined career games.

Bowers, Holland and Stevens all came in the same recruiting class together. That’ll help with the chemistry and trust in each other from the get-go. Furthermore, Bowers and Holland could bust out for huge seasons.

An explosive run game in the backfield and speedster out wide in receiver KJ Hamler, will take the defensive pressure off other players. This is where those two could shine, especially if Penn State utilizes two-to-three-tight end sets.