Penn State football will be down one veteran wide receiver when it opens up camp. Mac Hippenhammer is no longer listed on the Nittany Lions roster.
Some fans of the football program may not be super familiar with Hippenhammer, but if you follow Penn State baseball, you probably recognize the name. The two sport star is among the best players for the Nittany Lions baseball team. He started 35 of the team’s 39 games in 2019, hitting .272 on the year.
He was off to a slower start this year, but unfortunately the baseball season was canceled early, along with the winter championships and other NCAA spring sports. Whenever college sports return, Hippenhammer has decided to focus on baseball going forward. He’ll not longer be with the football team, per reports.
247Sports’ Sean Fitz says the decision does not come as a surprise to the football team. Even so, the passing game will have a very new look in 2020. The team also loses star receiver KJ Hamler to the NFL Draft and Justin Shorter to transfer.
— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) March 23, 2020
Mac Hippenhammer had a limited impact in two seasons on the field with Penn State. He got off to a good start, catching an 11-yard touchdown for his first career reception in the team’s 2018 win over Pitt.
He finished that year with six catches for 103 yards. In 2019, he managed just one reception for 15 yards.
Quarterback Sean Clifford will need to build up chemistry with a number of new targets ahead of the 2020 season. Hippenhammer won’t be in that mix though.