Ex-Penn Stater Adam Breneman to play football for UMass
Former Penn State tight end Adam Breneman announced on Twitter on Tuesday night that he will continue his education and college football career at the University of Massachusetts.
On Breneman's Twitter account (@AdamBreneman81), he said: "After consultations with my trainers and doctors, and a lot of hard work in the gym, I have decided to continue my football career, hopefully for years to come. I will be playing for the University of Massachusetts this fall."
Breneman was the top tight end recruit in the country for the Class of 2013. He, along with former quarterback Christian Hackenberg, was one of the top recruits to stick to his commitment to play for the Nittany Lions under former head coach Bill O’Brien following the heavy sanctions the NCAA handed down to Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
However, constant injuries prevented Breneman from living up to his five-star recruiting grade.
"I will always treasure my time at Penn State and the support the fans, coaches and teammates have given me as I chase my dream of playing football at the top-level. I will bleed blue and white forever and I will always be proud of the battles we won at PSU, on and off the field," Brenneman added in his Tweet.
Following this past season, Breneman announced that he was no longer playing football because of chronic knee issues that stemmed from an injury he suffered prior to his senior season at nearby Cedar Cliff High School.
Most recently, Breneman worked as a political campaign manager for Republican state Rep. Mike Regan.
Breneman will join his former high school teammate, quarterback Andrew Ford, with the Minutemen. Ford originally committed to Virginia Tech out of high school, but later transferred to a junior college before committing to UMass back in February. Breneman will also team up with former Penn State backup quarterback Austin Whipple, who is the son of Minutemen head coach Mark Whipple. Mark Whipple formerly was the quarterback coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004 until 2006, and then an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008.
Breneman graduated with a degree in business management in three years from Penn State and has two years of football eligibility remaining. He will earn his master's degree from the Isenberg School of Management while at UMass, a nationally-ranked business program.
Breneman’s father, Brian, is a graduate of Spring Grove High School.