Penn State coach James Franklin fills final staff opening; former LB Brandon Short announces bid for trustee
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Adding a piece
James Franklin has been busier than ever this offseason.
Franklin has had to replace a handful of assistant coaches, a sign that the Penn State program is on the up and up.
With the departure of running backs coach Charles Huff to Mississippi State, Franklin had one vacancy to fill and did so over the weekend, hiring David Corley away from Army to take Huff’s place, another move for his ever-growing staff, writes Mike Gross of Lancasteronline.com.
Trust in Brandon Short
Former Penn State linebacker Brandon Short was a defensive stalwart for the Nittany Lions in the late 1990s and a team captain.
Now, Short wants to run for the Penn State Board of Trustees, writes Lori Falce of the Centre Daily Times.
Short is running for one of three open spots, one is occupied by Anthony Lubrano, who announced he would seek re-election. Former Penn State assistant coach and son of late former coach Joe Paterno, Jay Paterno is also on the board. Jay Paterno coached at Penn State when Short was a starting linebacker.
Nominations run through Feb. 25.
We know where running back Saquon Barkley figures to land in the NFL draft in April, but how do the rest of the Nittany Lions stack up?
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times takes a look at where all other eligible Nittany Lions could go.
As McGonigal writes, his look at the Penn State prospects is sans Barkley, because plenty will be, and already has been, written about him in the coming weeks.
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Former Penn State offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski finds himself one win away from a trip to the Super Bowl. Wisniewski, who was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders, now starts for the Philadelphia Eagles and as NFL analyst Brian Baldinger tweeted, offered up one of the biggest plays in the Eagles’ 15-10 win over Atlanta on Saturday.
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) January 14, 2018
Getting a jump on 2019
Penn State brings in a loaded 2018 class, some of which has already arrived on campus, and the Nittany Lions coaching staff is getting the jump on the Class of 2019.
Andrew Callahan of 247 Sports writes that the Nittany Lions offered 5-star wide receiver Jashawn Sheffield from Georgia over the weekend.
To date, Sheffield has received at least 22 offers. Florida State is the current leader to land the talented wideout with a 100 percent forecast in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma have also offered.
Penn State still has unfinished business for the Class of ’18 as National Letter of Intent Day is Feb. 7.