Penn State coach James Franklin no fan of Friday games; positions still open as spring practice continues
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Frowning on Friday games
Penn State usually travels to road games on Friday afternoon. This season, they will be traveling to a road venue on a Friday getting ready to play a game and that is not sitting well with coach James Franklin.
As part of the new Big Ten television agreement with partners Fox Sports and ESPN, Penn State will be featured in a Friday night game Sept. 21 at Illinois, and Franklin thinks college football should stay on Saturdays, writes The Centre Daily Times’ Josh Moyer.
Not ready yet
The middle linebacker and tight end positions have been a focal point during spring practice for Penn State. Neither spot has a starter yet.
Taking his time to evaluate the possible players ready for the roles, Franklin isn’t ready to name a starter at either spot just yet, writes Land of 10’s Audrey Snyder.
It’s a kick to enjoy
Blake Gillikin is hoping he will pull double duty this season. Already a seasoned punter, Gillikin is in the mix to replace Tyler Davis as Penn State’s kicker as well.
StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones writes that Gillikin is so good at this current role because he actually enjoys the art of punting.
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Starting up front
Penn State’s offensive line is brimming with confidence after a remarkable performance in the Fiesta Bowl where the Nittany Lions exploded for 545 yards against Washington.
So no wonder many in Happy Valley think this could be the year of the offensive line, writes the Morning Call’s Mark Wogenrich.
Better than before
Tony Carr is off to the NBA and that kind of departure would normally cripple a team’s chances at taking their postseason trip a step further the following season. That may not be the case for Penn State though.
Pennlive’s David Jones writes that despite Carr’s departure, the Nittany Lions return plenty and just might be better than their NIT championship team last season.
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