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Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth Addresses National Award Snub

Pat Freiermuth of the Penn State Nittany Lions scores a touchdown.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 07: Pat Freiermuth #87 of the Penn State Nittany Lions catches a pass for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bulls during the second half at Beaver Stadium on September 07, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Pat Freiermuth has drastically improved in his sophomore season for Penn State, however, it wasn't enough to earn him a chance at winning the John Mackey Award.

Each year the NCAA awards the John Mackey Award to the most outstanding tight end in college football. Freiermuth currently has 34 receptions for 424 yards and seven touchdowns.

He was asked about not being listed as one of the semifinalists for the award. It's apparent that he won't let it affect his production moving forward.

"An award doesn't define who I am or who I am as a player," Freiermuth said. "My focus right now is on Ohio State."

Despite getting snubbed this year, Freiermuth plans on winning the award at some point during his collegiate career. This would mean that he plans on staying at Penn State for another season, but he did admit he hasn't thought about his future yet.

Penn State is going to need a solid performance from Freiermuth when it faces Ohio State.

While it's no secret that Freiermuth would prefer to be a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award, the way he's handling this situation should make head coach James Franklin proud.

Freiermuth can prove how valuable he is on Saturday as the Nittany Lions hope to pull off the upset against the Buckeyes.