More reaction to post-Pitt comments by Penn State coach James Franklin; Saquon Barkley saluted again
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More James Franklin fallout
Aftershocks continue from Penn State coach James Franklin saying that his team’s 33-14 victory over Pitt on Saturday was “just like beating Akron.”
As noted by the Land of 10’s Wayne Staats, Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said Monday that “they went low, we went high.”
Ben Jones of Statecollege.com writes that Franklin, a master of messaging, could at the very least have chosen his words more carefully. And Steven Godfrey of SBNation is of the opinion that Franklin was aiming his comments at fans and recruits – that he wants his program to be seen in the same light as the Big Ten heavyweights, not a local rival.
More praise for Saquon Barkley
Per John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times, Shawn Elliiott, coach of a Georgia State team that visits Beaver Stadium on Saturday night, told reporters on a conference call Monday that the Lions’ Saquon Barkley is “right up there” with the best backs he’s seen in his 25 years in the game. Andrew Rubin of the Daily Collegian wonders, however, if it is wise to continue using Barkley as the primary kickoff returner; he is now officially listed as the first-stringer at that position.
A second look at Penn State-Pitt
Andrew Callahan of Lions247 checks in with his always-excellent video analysis of Penn State’s offense and defense against Pitt. He points out, among other things, the Panthers caused problems for Lions quarterback Trace McSorley by dialing back the pressure, and that Penn State’s emphasis on shutting down Quadree Henderson’s jet sweeps led to the Panthers’ success with shovel passes.
Jordan Norwood retires from NFL
Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post notes that former Penn State wide receiver Jordan Norwood announced his retirement after eight NFL seasons. Norwood was part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl championship team after the 2015 season, and set a record by returning a punt 61 yards.
Women’s volleyball vaults to No. 2
The Penn State women’s volleyball team, which improved to 7-0 with victories last week over Colorado and No. 4 Stanford, moved up to second in the nation in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, per a university release. Another release noted that senior outside hitter Ali Frantti was named Big Ten Player of the Week.
Marcus Allen the menace
The Twitter account of Nittany Nation posted a photo of safety Marcus Allen celebrating after tackling Pitt running back Darrin Hall for a safety on Saturday.
— Nittany Nation (@BasicBlues) September 10, 2017
Also in the Land of 10
- Nebraska OC Danny Langsdorf said Tanner Lee is “exactly what you’re looking for” at QB
- Indiana’s game against Florida International has been canceled due to Hurricane Irmaquarterback
- Jim Harbaugh wants the Obamas to be honorary captains at Michigan: “It’ll happen someday”
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