Penn State made a big recruiting splash in the Class of 2013 with four-star tight end Adam Breneman.
But after the last couple years have been filled with injuries, the Pennsylvania native has opted to conclude his collegiate career, the Nittany Lions announced Thursday.
Breneman had a strong season as a true freshman in 2013, catching 15 passes, including three for touchdowns, while playing in 11 of the team's 12 games. But a knee injury kept Breneman sidelined for the entirety of the 2014 campaign, and he appeared in just two games this past season while battling serious knee issues.
"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 in the announcement. "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."
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Breneman completed his degree in three years and graduated last month.
"I know that it was a difficult for Adam to step away from the game, but he felt it was the right time," 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 four-star recruit out of high school, the No. 3 tight end in the Class of 2013 and the No. 4 player in the state of Pennsylvania.
Penn State fans will surely remember Breneman for his 68-yard touchdown catch against Wisconsin during the 2013 season. It's the longest touchdown catch by a tight end in program history.