Adam Breneman watched the Big 33 game from the sideline Saturday knowing that he wouldn't be playing in the 2013 installment, or any other high school all-star contests.
But if the Cedar Cliff tight end and Penn State commitment is feeling sorry for himself after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee earlier in the week, it's not showing.
"It's something that's a little bit of a block in the road, but the bigger the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it," Breneman said before Ohio beat Pennsylvania 24-21 at Hersheypark Stadium. "I'm going to come back from this better than I was before."
Breneman, who injured the knee during a 7-on-7 drill on Thursday and will miss his senior season, will consult with Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's team physician, on Monday. Depending on how much the swelling in the knee has gone down, surgery to repair the knee could take place over the next few days, Breneman said.
Reports that the Top 247 prospect will enroll at Penn State early might be a little premature. Breneman said he hopes to graduate early and be on campus in January but is in the process of working out the logistics.
What's helped Breneman through the past couple of days is the encouragement he's received from future teammates and hordes of Penn State fans.
"It's been overwhelming," he said. "Having the support of the Penn State fans makes this process so much easier, knowing that the fans, no matter what, are going to stick with me. And I won't disappoint them. I'm going to come back from this 110 percent."