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Freiermuth back with Penn State

The return of Penn State football, set to begin play in October, has triggered the return of the Nittany Lions’ best offensive player.

Tight end Pat Freiermuth confirmed Wednesday that he is not opting out of the season, contrary to previous reports.

Freiermuth appeared on the Big Ten Network with James Franklin and shared his intentions.

“I’ve never opted out,” he said. “I don’t know where the reports came from. I’m excited to play football for Penn State.”

He said his teammates are “excited to get back on the field” after the summer of uncertainty and the Big Ten’s announcement Aug. 11 that the season would be postponed.

“It was definitely hard when the Big Ten made the decision and then seeing other guys play,” he said. “I think they made the right decision to let us play because we’ve shown discipline throughout the summer. We don’t socialize and put other people at risk outside the building.”

Franklin said he had extensive conversations with Freiermuth and his family and “we would have supported him” either way.

— Neil Rudel

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