Countdown To Dublin: Talk Is About Football, And Breneman Is Just Fine With That
There is probably a book somewhere called "Being a Spokesperson" but chances are Adam Breneman never read it his senior year of high school.
At this point he could probably write the book himself after a summer of keeping fans confident in the future of Penn State football while telling critics that Penn State would be just fine under NCAA sanctions. All while he was still packing for college.
A year later things have changed. Breneman has a year of football under his belt, a 15 catch, 186 yard, 3 TD season that was even better than it looks given the army of talented tight ends he shared time with. He doesn't have to answer questions about Penn State's future anymore either, and while Breneman will always have a bit of spokesperson in him, that phase is over with.
And he's glad.
"It was fun last season, and just going through all that recruiting stuff was fun," Breneman said inside Beaver Stadium earlier this week. "But it's good to kind of get that past me and get on with it. It's definitely a lot of weight off my shoulders to just go out and play football and just have fun doing that."
This season Breneman will likely not stray too far from the headlines as tight ends look to once again be a big part of the offense. That building anticipation hasn't decreased the interest in landing a quote from the sophomore whose interest in the papers has as much to do with his talents as it does his nearly hometown status coming from only an hour and half drive from State College.
Even so, surrounded by his teammates and with time between him and the Sandusky scandal, there is less "Adam Breneman Spokesperson for Penn State football" and much more "Adam Breneman, a talented tight end."
"At that time you kind of got sick of hearing about the sanctions and about all that kind of stuff. So it's kind of nice for that and hopefully we'll move on from just being recognized for how we play on the field rather than all the other stuff."
You may have never read "Betting on an Athlete's Futures" but it's safe to say that Breneman will be remembered for his play rather than his recruiting process -- and sooner rather than later.