Penn State coach James Franklin last week called tight end "where we have the most experience and depth."
That depth is going to be tested.
The university released a statement Monday morning that sophomore Adam Breneman will be "out indefinitely with an injury." The school provided no further details.
Breneman gave no indication he was dealing with any injury while speaking extensively with reporters at media day last week, and he was on the field for the portion of the first practice of preseason camp that was open to the media.
The 6-foot-4, 243-pound native of Mechanicsburg missed the latter part of spring practice because of a knee bone bruise, and a torn ACL in his right knee caused Breneman to miss his senior season at Cedar Cliff High School.
Breneman still was considered one of the top 2013 incoming tight end recruits in the country and one of the top prospects in the state, regardless of position. He forged a close friendship with fellow then blue-chip recruit quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the two becoming the face of an incoming 2013 recruiting class that earned national notoriety for sticking with Penn State after the NCAA levied draconian sanctions on the school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Breneman had 15 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns last season, scoring once during each of the final there games. His 68-yard catch and run during the opening minutes of the Nov. 30 finale at Wisconsin spurred the Nittany Lions to an upset.
Unlike many other positions where the sanctions sapped the Lions' depth, Penn State's roster features a stable of tight ends among the best in the country. South Allegheny graduate Jesse James is a future NFL draft pick, fellow junior Kyle Carter has 54 receptions in two seasons and 6-foot-6, 215-pound Mike Gesicki was one of the nation's highest-rated tight end recruits this past year.
Brent Wilkerson (6-foot-4, 245 pounds) also was a highly regarded when he arrived on campus two years ago, but he redshirted in 2012 and was injured all of last season.
"Our tight ends are deep, they're talented, and those guys probably have the most experience of any position on the field," Hackenberg said last week.
"They've done a great job in the offseason, and all of them are accepting their roles and understanding what their roles will be, especially guys like Jesse James and Kyle."