Penn State Football: Way too early offensive position group rankings

Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /
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3. Tight Ends

It is very possible that if we were to update this list at the end of the 2021 season that the tight ends group could be first among all position groups with the amount of raw talent in this room.

When junior Pat Freiermuth went down after just four games, a lot more of the pass catching burden fell on redshirt freshman Brenton Strange, who was acting as more of a blocker while Freiermuth was on the field.

At six-foot-three and 248 pounds Strange is big enough to be an extension of the offensive line in running plays, but athletic enough to be a load to take down in the open field after the catch. Last season he caught 17 passes for 164 yards and two scores.

The injury also allowed freshman Theo Johnson to get into the mix down the stretch of the season and he flashed in ways that will have Penn State Football fans very excited for next season.

The Canada native only caught four passes for 56 yards but was impressive in the season finale against Illinois, catching a ball down the seam in traffic and bouncing off defenders after the catch. listed at six-foot-six and 251 pounds he the prototype tight end.

It is yet to be seen how new play caller, Yurcich, will use his tight ends, however Johnson has the raw ability to be the next Pat Freiermuth or Mike Gesicki in this offense.