Four days out from his team’s prime-time matchup with No. 2 Ohio State, Penn State head coach James Franklin made a brief appearance on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference. What did the third-year Nittany Lions head coach have to say? Check it out:
- Franklin said the Nittany Lions’ offensive line is playing well. “That gives us a lot of opportunities to do things in the run game and the pass game.” Franklin also noted the unit has benefited from the mobility of first-year starting quarterback Trace McSorley.
- “Obviously this is a physical game. You take a pounding,” Franklin answered when asked about the benefits of having a bye week before facing the Buckeyes. “You can get a head start on your next opponent … the bye weeks are important and they’re helpful.”
- Asked what he’s learned about his oft-injured linebacking corps, Franklin said, “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen or heard of a program losing seven linebackers … I’m very proud of our guys and how they’ve handled the adversity.” He also noted he’s pleased with the production he’s received at the position.
- Franklin said the linebacker injuries have been an “extreme situation” and said he doesn’t know what he could possibly do to prevent it in the future. “Sometimes, you just have these years.”
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will kickoff from State College, Pa., at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday in a game televised on ABC.