On the heels of a strong finish to his true freshman season, tight end Adam Breneman heads into 2014 looking to again play a significant role for the offense and special teams. As the 2013 season unfolded, Breneman became more and more comfortable on the field. Making significant progress throughout the campaign, Breneman played the best football of his young career in November. He made a touchdown catch in each of the last three games and was selected a 247Sports.com second-team True Freshman All-American. He has added nearly 10 pounds to his frame during the off-season through his efforts in the strength and conditioning program. A sophomore, Breneman was among the conference's 10 players selected to BTN.com's All-Breakout Team for the 2014 season. He possesses outstanding skills, physical attributes and a desire to succeed in everything he does. In 2013, he was tied for sixth on the team with 15 receptions for 186 yards and his three touchdown catches were tied for second. Breneman enrolled in the University in January 2013 and was among 12 true freshmen to make their debut last year and was one of four true freshmen to make their first start. Playing in 11 games, he started five and was among the 14 first-time starters in 2013. He posted his first career catch in the first quarter against UCF and made a season-best four catches against the Knights. The former Cedar Cliff High School All-American grabbed his first career touchdown catch in the win over Purdue. He saved the best performance of his freshman season for last in Penn State's big road win at No. 14 Wisconsin. Breneman caught three passes for a career-high 78 yards, which included a 68-yard catch and run for a touchdown on the game's first possession, in the 31-24 win in Madison. His 68-yard catch and run against the Badgers was the longest play from scrimmage for Penn State, and the longest given up by the Badgers, during the 2013 season. Breneman had a 3.19 grade-point average entering the summer and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate this fall. He is secretary of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes chapter, which has raised more than $825,000 for kidney cancer patients, their families and research since the first Penn State Lift For Life was held in 2003. Breneman has been honored for his creation of the "Catch The Cure" initiative, as a high school senior, to support Project A.L.S. research and assist a family friend, Tom Kirchoff, with A.L.S. Breneman wears No. 81, the same number worn by another former Cedar Cliff standout, Kyle Brady, who was a first-team All-America tight end at Penn State in 1994. The Mechanicsburg native is among 17 returning players from Central Pennsylvania.
2013 - Freshman Season
Breneman enrolled in the University in January 2013 and made significant strides as his true freshman season wore on. He played the best football of his young Nittany Lion career in November. Breneman was among 12 true freshmen to make their debut and was one of four to make their first start. Playing in 11 games, he started five games and was among the 14 first-time starters in 2013. Breneman made 15 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns, with a TD catch in each of the last three games. His efforts as a blocker and receiver helped the Nittany Lions rush for 2,088 yards and throw for 3,110 yards. He made his first career start in the win over Eastern Michigan. Breneman made his first career catch in the first quarter against UCF and had a season-best four catches for 22 yards against the Knights. He had a 27-yard catch and run on third-and-two, that kept the drive alive for a Zach Zwinak touchdown run, against Kent State. He caught two passes in the win over Illinois and gained 27 yards on two catches at Minnesota. He grabbed his first career touchdown catch, good for eight yards, in the win over Purdue and also made a 14-yard catch against the Boilermakers. Breneman made his second career touchdown catch, against Nebraska, grabbing a two-yard pass for the first touchdown of the game. On the game's first possession, Breneman made a 68-yard catch and run for a touchdown to ignite Penn State's 31-24 win at No. 14 Wisconsin. He caught three passes for a career-high 78 yards against the Badgers. His 68-yard catch was the longest play from scrimmage for Penn State, and the longest play given up by the Badgers, during the season.
Breneman was an outstanding student-athlete at Cedar Cliff High School, earning All-America honors on the gridiron and a 3.9 grade-point average. Playing for coach Jim Cantafio, Breneman made a combined 132 receptions for 1,988 yards and 20 touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons. A three-year letterman, he made 72 receptions for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He suffered a knee injury during the summer prior to his senior season and did not play, but was a team captain and was invited to the Under Armour All-American game. After his junior season, Breneman attained first-team All-America and all-state honors. He was ranked the top prep tight end in the nation by ESPN.com, the No. 2 tight end by Scout.com and 24/7Sports.com and No. 3 by Rivals.com. During his sophomore season, Breneman recorded 60 catches for 868 yards and eight touchdowns after making 13 catches for 265 yards and three scores as a freshman. Breneman graduated with a 3.90 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Distinguished Honor Roll at Cedar Cliff. He was ranked as one of the 75 top prospects in the nation, regardless of position, by ESPN.com and 24/7Sports.com.
Full name is Adam Alexander Breneman. He is the son of Brian and Sherri Breneman, and has one younger brother, Grant, and one younger sister, Julia. His father was a standout player at Delaware Valley College, earning a spot on the Associated Press Little All-America team. Breneman enjoys hanging out with friends, following politics and taking part in volunteer work. He intends on being a management major with a political science minor and is interested in a career in business or politics. Born March 31, 1995 in Harrisburg, Pa.