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Penn State Football: Parsons and Freiermuth Land Preseason All-American Honors

by on June 12, 2020 2:00 PM

Penn State junior linebacker Micah Parsons and junior tight end Pat Freiermuth have each been named to the Walter Camp Foundation’s Preseason All-American teams.

Parsons is one of 14 players who earned Walter Camp All-American recognition following the 2019 campaign who is on the 2020 preseason list. The Harrisburg native was a second team selection in 2019.

The star linebacker is not short on resume-building accolades having been named the 2019 Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year, the first sophomore in league history to win the award. He was also named a Consensus All-American by the NCAA.

In the Nittany Lions' Cotton Bowl win over Memphis, Parsons registered a career-high three tackles for loss and two sacks, while also forcing two fumbles and adding a personal best two pass breakups. He tied a career-high mark in tackles with 14 against the Tigers and was named to the AP All-Bowl Team, ESPN All-Bowl Team and Sports Illustrated All-Bowl Team.

As for his tight end counterpart, Freiermuth is not far behind when it comes to national honors, having been named a 2019 second team All-American by the AFCA and The Athletic and voted 2019 All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and media. He finished the season ranked seventh in the Big Ten with seven touchdown receptions, a mark that was fourth among FBS tight ends.

He also caught seven passes for a career-high 101 yards at Minnesota. His eight touchdown receptions his freshman year in 2018 ranks No. 2 among PSU tight ends and tied for No. 11 overall among PSU receivers.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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