Penn State’s James Franklin held a press conference Tuesday afternoon in advance of Saturday’s season-opener against Kent State.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Franklin announced that redshirt freshman tight end Nick Bowers is out for the season, but he didn’t elaborate on the reason. He later addressed the Bowers news by saying it’s a “next man up” situation.
- He spoke highly of senior Evan Schwan, who had learned from watching last year’s star, Carl Nassib (15.5 sacks in 2015).
Franklin said starting d-end Scwhan has "really studied" former standout Nassib @ position. Sickels, Schwan both embraced "Carl Nassib diet"
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 30, 2016
- Franklin said if a coach needs a speech to fire up the team, there’s a problem.
- Junior defensive tackle Curtis Cothran wasn’t listed on the depth chart, but Franklin said he still has a chance to earn a role.
- Running back Saquon Barkley won’t be the team’s full-time kick returner, but Franklin would like to use him in spots.
Saquon Barkley has been vocal about wanting to contribute in the return game. #PennState hasn't returned a kick for a TD since 2011 opener.
— Travis Johnson (@bytravisjohnson) August 30, 2016
- Franklin called DT Kevin Givens, a redshirt freshman, one of the strongest players on the team.
- Franklin said Trace McSorley is a “Steady Eddie” in that he doesn’t get too high or too low, even after he won the starting quarterback job.