New twists in the tale of Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, James Franklin talks new deal and more
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A different look at Saquon Barkley
Somehow Hallie Grossman of ESPN the Magazine found a way to break new ground in the latest profile of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
She writes that Barkley, who owned a Barry Sanders action figure as a youngster, is now being compared to the retired Detroit Lions star by an NFL scout. That his family moved out of the Bronx when drug dealers took over their apartment building and wouldn’t allow them entry. That he compares himself to the very best athletes in the college game, such as LSU’s Derrius Guice, who is the other back expected to go early in next spring’s draft.
Barkley also shares with Grossman something his dad, Alibay, always told him: “Don’t try to be the next anybody. Make people want to be the next you.”
James Franklin: New deal is ‘about stability’
James Franklin had his first chance to address his contract extension after practice Wednesday, and as related by Fightonstate.com’s Mark Brennan, Franklin said it was “about stability” and added, “We have started to build something here that I think can be really special. It provides stability obviously for my family. But it also provides stability for my assistant coaches, it provides stability their families, it provides stability for our players, it provides stability in recruiting. All those types of things.”
The line on the O-line
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times writes that while the depth chart won’t be revealed until next week, the picture seems much clearer, especially along the offensive line. The likely starters appear to be Ryan Bates at left tackle, Steven Gonzalez at left guard, Connor McGovern at center, Brendan Mahon at right guard and either Andrew Nelson or Chasz Wright at right tackle.
More on the line
A handful of pieces about offensive linemen emerged from the pipeline Wednesday. Blue White Illustrated’s Tim Owen profiles Gonzalez, who after failing to crack the two-deep entering last season is now a likely starter, while Sean Fitz of Lions247 catches up with tackle Will Fries and center Zach Simpson.
Props for freshman cornerback
The Daily Collegian quoted wide receiver coach Josh Gattis as saying after Wednesday’s practice that freshman cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields “is going to be special,” and the Collegian’s Paddy Cotter provides a feature about the newcomer.
PSU’s pros — a progress report
Also in the Land of 10
- Ousted Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys, in op-ed, defends his leadership during suspension saga
- Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson outlines backup QB situation in the wake of Joe Burrow’s injury
- Michigan AD Warde Manuel: Grant Perry was ‘model citizen’ during suspension
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