James Franklin was a special guest at Penn State’s Board of Trustees meeting Friday afternoon.
The Nittany Lions coach spoke for a few minutes and addressed the state of his program. During his speech, Franklin said he feels the football program is moving in the right direction. He also talked about Penn State’s impressive 2016 season and gave some examples of how his staff has made an impact more than three years after his hiring.
StateCollege.com has a full transcript of Franklin’s remarks.
During his talk, Franklin said that he is “equally proud” of the team’s achievements in the classroom as he is with the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten championship. Franklin even went on to give a shoutout to Penn State’s best-known player, running back Saquon Barkley.
“I think Saquon Barkley is a perfect example of what we’re doing. He showed up on campus and all he did was embrace everything that we asked him to do,” Franklin said. “He has over a 3.0 GPA. He is humble, hard-working. He’s appreciative. He is kind. He’s also 5-11, 220 pounds and runs 4.3.”
Barkley, the 2016 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, will be a junior in 2017.