Tremendous opportunities exist on the offensive line, a unit that must replace three starters. Brendan Mahon has made significant progress during his first year in the program and, with continued progress, is poised to earn time in the rotation during his redshirt freshman season. He trimmed down his playing weight by more than 10 pounds during the winter strength and conditioning program to increase his quickness and was a starter for the victorious Blue squad in the spring game. Mahon likely will battle Andrew Nelson and Chasz Wright for the majority of snaps at right tackle. He was a two-time all-state selection and U.S. Army All-American bowl participant at Randolph High School. Mahon is among 12 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Mahon was a cornerstone on the offensive line for coach Joe Lusardi at Randolph High School. He was a two-time all-state selection, while also earning all-metro, all-county and All-Northwest Jersey Conference accolades as a junior and senior. As a sophomore, Mahon helped the Rams to the Group 4 State Championship. He was a team captain for the East squad in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American game, where he roomed with future Nittany Lion teammate Garrett Sickels. Mahon was ranked a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com and was a member of the ESPN300. He was a consensus top 20 offensive line recruit and was rated the No. 4 overall recruit in New Jersey by Rivals.com. The Newark Star-Ledger tabbed Mahon as the top offensive lineman in the state following the 2012 season.
Full name is Robert Brendan Mahon. He is the son of Robert and Jeni Mahon. He has two older sisters, Ashley and Chelsea. He enjoys hunting and fishing. Mahon plans to major in landscape contracting and wants to have his own business upon graduation. Born January 17, 1995 in Livingston, N.J.