The Penn State football team has produced several talented tight ends over the past few seasons. They have been able to translate that on the field in the NFL. Now, TE Brenton Strange will look to carry the torch as he was selected with the 61st pick in the 2nd round by the Jacksonville Jaguars .
Strange was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, and he filled the shoes of Pat Freiermuth after he left Penn State to go to the NFL after the 2020 season. In his Penn State football career, Strange appeared in 37 games making 70 receptions for 755 yards and 11 touchdowns.
During the 2022 season, he accounted for 32 receptions for 362 yards and 5 touchdowns. Strange stepped up his game in a big way. This team needed more from the tight end room in 2022 and he was a big reason why Penn State had so much success this past season.
In 2021, he was criticized for his blocking skills so, in 2022 he cleaned that up. Strange put together a clinic of tape for NFL scouts showing just why the PSU tradition of putting quality tight ends into the league will continue with himself.
In his NFL career, I could see him lining up as a fullback if needed as he was a key part of Penn State football’s wing-t formation this past season. Strange is the type of player that will do whatever it takes to make a roster and help his team win. He’s the type of player that is mature and can handle any situation he is put in.
It was a pleasure watching his college career unfold since the 2019 season, and another reason to put a stamp on Penn State’s claim to be tight end university. As they have produced Jesse James, Mike Gesicki, Pat Freiermuth, and now Brenton Strange over the past few years.