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Catching up with former Penn State, UMASS TE Adam Breneman as he prepares for Senior Bowl, NFL Combine, and more

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:30:00 UTC

2017-12-11T20:26:38Z

The former Cedar Cliff star has signed with an agent and knows when and where he'll prep for the NFL Draft. Watch video

Former Cedar Cliff, Penn State, and Massachusetts tight end Adam Breneman now has a new job: Preparing for the NFL.

The Senior Bowl invitee and onetime All-American was back in Camp Hill on Monday to announce that he has found an agency group to represent him, as the task will be handled by 'Octagon,' while also sharing what he's been up to since UMASS finished off its first season as an independent program at 4-8. 

"We started off the year 0-6, and then won four of our last six, so it was a productive year," Breneman said. "I was able to stay healthy for the most part."

Health, of course, is what took him from three years at Penn State to two years at Massachusetts as he graduated early and once thought his football career was over following a string of knee injuries before some time away from the game allowed him to heal enough to return to action. 

After earning All-American honors in 2016, Breneman returned to catch 64 passes for 764 yards and four touchdowns in 2017 for the Minutemen while bolstering his stock for the 2018 NFL Draft. 

"A lot of guys are playing in bowl games, but I have an extra month to get a head start physically and start preparing," Breneman said.

He'll train for the Senior Bowl and then the NFL Combine and eventually the draft at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster. Breneman will be joined at the Mobile, Ala., all-star game by at least one former Nittany Lion, as corner Christian Campbell is going, and perhaps old roommate and fellow tight end Mike Gesicki, too, though only Campbell has accepted an invite to date.

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"I had the opportunity to train all over the country, but felt really familiar with what they do over there, and I thought they'd give me the best opportunity to do my best at the Senior Bowl and the Combine," Breneman said.

"The Senior Bowl is a big opportunity for me, being able to show that I can play with those players." 

What he gains at both physically and mentally will be key for his future, as are the questions that undoubtedly will come about the health of his knees moving forward.

"That medical is going to be something I'm going to have to deal with at the combine, but I feel as healthy and as athletic as I have in my career, and I feel really confident going to the next level," Breneman said.

With a bachelor's degree already in hand, a Master's degree is next as Breneman is finishing up final class work for a business administration degree. Then, it's off to train and prepare for the pre-draft activities as he hopes to raise his current profile -- No. 4 in Drafttek's rankings and a late round pick according to other outlets -- and land in a perfect spot on one of the draft's three days in late April.

"I'm proud of the journey. It's not how I would have imagined, but it's worked out and I think in a lot of ways, I'm right where a lot of people thought I would be coming out of high school."


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Michigan gets its quarterback: Ole Miss star Shea Patterson to join Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:40:05 UTC

2017-12-08T19:19:52Z

Shea Patterson was the top quarterback in the Class of 2016, and he's poised to join Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. Watch video

Michigan picked up a significant boost Monday afternoon when Ole Miss star quarterback Shea Patterson announced he's transferring to join Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

He announced his decision to leave Oxford, Miss., and head north to Ann Arbor, Mich., on his Twitter account:


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Multiple reports confirm Bob Shoop will run Joe Moorhead's defense at Mississippi State

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:50:51 UTC

2017-12-08T18:35:56Z

Shoop and Penn State continue to tangle over his buyout.

Former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, the current head coach at Mississippi State, has hired former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Bob Shoop for the same position with the Bulldogs.

Shoop, who is still entangled with Penn State over his buyout after he left Penn State for the play calling job at Tennessee two years ago, led the nation's No. 70 and No. 81 defenses during his time with the Vols. He had been looking for another opportunity since Tennessee fired former head coach Butch Jones and brought in Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as the head man earlier this week. He had previously coached current Lions leader James Franklin at Vanderbilt before he came along with him to PSU back in 2014 before leaving after the 2015 season. 

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low first reported the hire, which gives Moorhead two former Lions on his first Starkville staff, as Charles Huff is also there as the co-offensive coordinator among other things. 

The latest court filing in Penn State vs. Shoop is from Oct. 5, as a mediation report said that no settlement was reached after both sides met on Oct. 4. Penn State is trying to recover $891,856 it claims Shoop owes it because he left before his contract was up for another defensive coordinator job and then did not become a head coach within a year of doing so.

An August case management plan suggested an August 2018 trial date if no settlement is reached before then; it is not clear whether any additional meetings are scheduled between now and then. 


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