Adam Breneman issued the following statement on concluding his Penn State football career:
“I want to thank Coach [Bill] O’Brien, Coach [James] Franklin, my teammates and the Penn State fans for the great memories over the last three years,” Breneman said. “I have truly treasured my time as a Nittany Lion and I am confident that the Penn State experience has prepared me for the next phase of my life.”
James Franklin also issued a statement on the matter:
“I know that it was a difficult for Adam to step away from the game, but he felt it was the right time,” Head Coach James Franklin said. “We are so proud of his work in the classroom, having earned his degree in three years. Adam is a special young man that has left his imprint on not only the Penn State football program, but the Penn State community at large. He has been a difference maker at a very young age and has a bright future ahead of him.”
Breneman was a coveted Class of 2013 prospect who remained commited to Penn State after the program was hit with unprecedented sanctions. As he explained at the time he reaffirmed his pledge to the Nittany Lions, "I committed to play for Coach O'Brien and in front of 100,000 fans, and all that stuff is still there."
His promising rookie season at PSU included 15 catches for 186 yards and three TDs, including a 68-yard catch and score in the regular-season ending upset at Wisconsin.
But Breneman missed the entire 2014 campaign with a knee injury. This year, he was limited to spot action in two games, again due to the chronic knee problems. He did not catch a pass.
Breneman was an early enrollee in 2013. So he completed his undergraduate degree in just three years.