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Mass Appeal: Former Nittany Lion TE Adam Breneman Returning To Gridiron

The Penn State graduate's early retirement from football due to injury did not last long. He says he intends to play at UMass this season.

So as it turns out, Adam Breneman's college football career is not complete.

Breneman, a former Scout.com five-star tight end from the Harrisburg, Pa., area, is widely credited with helping to keep the Penn State football program together after the Sandusky scandal broke late in 2011.

Breneman committed to new coach Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions in January of 2012, and — along with five-star QB Christian Hackenberg and a host of other top prospects — remained committed to the program even when it was hit with severe NCAA sanctions the following summer.

Unlike Hackenberg, though, Breneman never saw his PSU football career truly take flight. After a solid freshman season (2013) in which he caught 15 balls for 186 yards and three scores, he missed the 2014 campaign due to chronic knee issues that first surfaced when he was in high school.

He attempted to make a comeback last fall, but the knee issues persisted and limited him to appearances in just two games (he had no catches). 

Breneman graduated from Penn State with a business degree last December. In early January, he announced he was moving on with his life. He still had two seasons of college eligibility remaining.

Breneman quickly took a job as the campaign manager for Mike Regan, who was in a heated Republican primary battle for a state Senate seat representing Cumberland and York counties. Regan won the primary.

But Breneman won’t be on hand to help as November’s general election nears. Instead, he is returning to college — and the gridiron — just not at Penn State.

Tuesday evening, Breneman issued the following tweet.


Since he graduated from Penn State, Breneman will not have to sit out a season under NCAA transfer rules. UMass plays in the MAC. 

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