With Breneman out indefinitely, Penn State will rely on TE depth

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Penn State sophomore tight end Adam Breneman is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury, according to the university.

Breneman had 15 catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. Along with quarterback Christian Hackenberg, he is seen as one of Penn State’s top young players and leaders.

Breneman has a history of injuries. In 2012, he tore his ACL before his senior year of high school. This spring, he suffered a minor knee injury that kept him out of the latter half of practices.

If there is a positive about this injury, it is Penn State’s depth of the tight ends.

The Nittany Lions still have at the position junior Jesse James, redshirt junior Kyle Carter, redshirt sophomore Brent Wilkerson and freshman Mike Gesicki.

Penn State coach James Franklin has called the tight ends the deepest position group on the team.

“I believe that’s where we have the most veteran players,” he said. “That’s where we have the most experience and depth.”

Penn State also announced Monday that freshman Koa Farmer was transitioning from safety to linebacker.

Farmer is 6 feet 1 and weighs 208 pounds. He likely will fit well in formations that feature a hybrid safety/linebacker. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop discussed these formations last week.

First Published August 11, 2014 12:00 AM

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