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Freiermuth Named John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week

Sophomore tight end had two touchdown catches in Penn State’s win over Buffalo


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sophomore tight end Pat Freiermuth (Merrimac, Mass.) was selected as the John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week for his efforts in Penn State’s 45-13 win over Buffalo Sept. 7.


Freiermuth was a key cog in the Penn State offense on Saturday. The Massachusetts native set multiple career highs with eight receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Both of Freiermuth’s touchdown catches came in the third quarter, helping the Nittany Lions to pull away. Early in the quarter, Freiermuth hauled in a pass from Sean Clifford over the middle for a 23-yard score. Later in the frame, on a fourth-and-2, Freiermuth caught a pass around the line of scrimmage and took it up the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown. The sophomore also extended his streak to 14-straight games with a reception.


With 10 career touchdown receptions, Freiermuth moved into a tie for 17th all-time at Penn State. He is tied with Ted Kwalick (1966-68) for third all-time among tight ends.


Through two weeks, Freiermuth leads the Nittany Lions with nine receptions, which is tied for the most among Big Ten tight ends this season. Freiermuth is tied for seventh in the nation among tight ends with 124 receiving yards. He is also tied for the team lead in touchdown catches.


No. 13/11 Penn State and Pittsburgh meet on the gridiron for the 100th time Saturday in the fourth-and-final installment of the Keystone Classic presented by Peoples Natural Gas. The game will also be the Stripe Out. Fans are encouraged to visit pennstatestripeout.com to find out whether they should wear blue or white. The game is set to kick at noon on ABC.