On his Twitter account Tuesday night, Breneman announced that he would be resuming his collegiate playing career at UMass. The tight end’s decision came “[a]fter consultation with my trainers and doctors, and a lot of hard work in the gym.”
“After much prayer, I believe that this is all part of God’s plan for me,” Breneman added.
— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman81) August 2, 2016
Mentioned in the social media missive, Austin Whipple is a quarterback who transferred from Penn State to UMass in July of 2014. He’s also the son of Minutemen head coach Mark Whipple.
If Breneman is healthy, he’ll be a significant target for Whipple’s offense as he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2016. The health angle, though, makes it a big if.
Breneman missed all of the 2014 season because of the chronic knee injury that forced his brief sabbatical, and played in just two games this past season.
As a true freshman in 2013, Breneman caught 15 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Those were the only statistics Breneman would end up recording because of the injury issues.
A four-star member of PSU’s 2013 recruiting class, the 6-4, 243-pound Breneman was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country. Aside from quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Breneman was the highest-rated member of that class.
Prior to signing with the Nittany Lions, Breneman sustained a torn ACL the summer before his senior in high school in 2012. It’s the same knee that led to his truncated career in Happy Valley.