Penn State Football head coach James Franklin said in his post game press conference that tight end Pat Freiermuth will have season ending surgery.
Penn State Football star tight end Pat Freiermuth was unavailable in Saturday’s 41-21 loss to Iowa on Saturday. Franklin said the injury occurred in the Ohio State game, meaning Freiermuth played in two games with the injury.
Freiermuth did go down in the Ohio State game with what looked like a shoulder/neck area injury. Freiermuth is the all-time leader in touchdowns by a tight end at Penn State and is a projected first round pick. It’s unfortunate to see a player who decided to come back this season, suffer an injury that required season ending surgery.
Penn State will go forward with Brenton Strange and Theo Johnson at tight end. Strange caught a touchdown in Saturday’s loss. Penn State was down another tight end in Zack Kuntz, who Franklin also mentioned as unavailable in the post game presser.
In addition to losing Freiermuth, Penn State, for the third time this season, lost their starting running back.
Devyn Ford left the game in the first quarter and did not return. That leaves the team with just two scholarship running backs for the time being. The two are true freshmen, Caziah Holmes and Keyvone Lee. Not an ideal situation. It’s not clear what Ford’s injury is. With the team struggling to run the ball, this situation only becomes more grim.
Penn State also played Saturday’s game without starting corner back Tariq Castro-Fields, who missed his second straight game. Backup linebacker Charlie Katshir was also unavailable. Although not mentioned by Franklin, third string quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson was seen in street clothes on the sideline during the game. If healthy, it’s possible he could see action with Penn State’s quarterback dilemma.
Penn State also got banged up during the game. Linebacker Brandon Smith, defensive tackle Fred Hansard and safety Jaquan Brisker all needed medical attention at some point during the game. Smith did return to the game.
The Nittany Lions are now 0-5.