According to a report by Lions247, Penn State tight end Zack Kuntz has entered the transfer portal.
Kuntz joined the program in 2018 as a four-star prospect out of Camp Hill, the home of former Nittany Lion and fellow tight end Adam Brenneman. Kuntz hit the scales at 6-foot-7, appearing in 21 games over his three year career but managed just three receptions largely buried on the depth chart behind teammate and standout tight end Pat Freiermuth.
Following the injury to Freiermuth early in the 2020 campaign, Kuntz seemed poised for a more significant role but was largely passed over for rising underclassmen Brenton Strange and Theo Johnson, who got the majority of the playing time in the wake of Freiermuth’s injury.
In turn, while Kuntz’s likely departure is not a positive for the program, the return of Strange and Johnson to the tight end’s room limits the impact Kuntz’s departure may have otherwise had. Tyler Warren, Tommy Friberg, and Grayson Kline are set to provide the duo more depth in the room behind them.
Kuntz joins Will Levis, CJ Thorpe, and Antonio Shelton as a few of the more noteworthy offseason departures for the Nittany Lions, with all players set to be immediately eligible.
Penn State also recently replaced now former tight end coach Tyler Bowen, who took the same job in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Nittany Lions hired internally, promoting former offensive analyst and offensive lineman Ty Howle to the job.