2017 Mass Prep Stars Private School Football Player of the Year: Pat Freiermuth ‘18 – Brooks School
In association with First String Performance and in anticipation of our 2017 Massachusetts All-Gridiron Super Team, we are proud to announce that Brooks School (MA) senior tight end Pat Freiermuth ’18 is our 2017 Mass Prep Stars and First String Performance, Mr. Gridiron Private School Football Player of the Year.
Freiermuth helped lead Brooks to two consecutive NEPSAC Bowl appearances, highlighted by a 24-14 win over New Hampton School (NH) in the 2017 NEPSAC Ken O’Keefe Bowl.
“When I first arrived at Brooks the team had already had two successful seasons (including a 2014 NEPSAC Sean Brennan Bowl victory), so personally I was willing to do anything to help continue that success,” Freiermuth told Mass Prep Stars. “The coaching staff, led by Coach Foley, would always put us in the right position to give us a chance to win. I also believe the culture of the program was changed by Coach Foley, which made all the players work harder and want more even success than the program had already acheived.”
Freiermuth did his part and more, by leading Brooks on the gridiron with 815 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns this season. The 6-foot-5 senior tight end made 26 receptions for 613 yards and 6 touchdowns, while also rushing 20 times for 202 yards and 6 touchdowns. Freiermuth accumulated an impressive 33 touchdowns for his prep career to go with nearly 1,700 total yards, while being targeted by opposing defenses in an abbreviated prep/private school season.
On defense the outside linebacker made 39 tackles to go with 4.5 sacks, 5 Forced Fumbles, 2 Interceptions and an eye-popping three touchdowns.
Freiermuth is quick to defer praise for his success to his supportive family and share any accolades and awards with his Brooks teammates.
“I want to thank my family for always supporting me throughout my entire high school football career,” Freiemuth said. “My whole family has been so supportive and have always made sure that I have kept a level head. They have never allowed me to get too high or too low. For that I will be forever be grateful.”
Freiermuth also noted that the high points of his time at Brooks not only included having a winning record, winning an ISL title, and winning a Bowl game, but they also came from the relationships that he has formed off of the field.
“I think going to Brooks was the best move I could have ever made,” Freiermuth, a Merrimac, Mass. native said. My teammates, all three years, would always push me to become not only a better football player, but a better student and person.”
The 2017 NEPSAC Class C Player of the Year will next suit up for the Penn State Nittany Lions, after committing to Penn State in August of 2016.
“I chose Penn State because of the well-respected academic Integrity it is known for, they along with the football that they have. The football program is one of the best football programs in the country and when they gave me the opportunity to play there, I knew I needed to take it. I am beyond excited for the experience and all that will come with it.
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