Penn State coach James Franklin started talking to his much the way he had at numerous practices prior to Thursday. He mentioned goals of winning the Big Ten title again and even playing for the national championship.
Then it took a turn.
“The way you’re going to do it is you’re going to compete. The hardest thing to do is you’re going to compete against my team,” Franklin told his team.
Nittany Lions coaches then stormed out to the field, ready to play dodgeball against players. What ensued was a coaches vs. players showdown that was caught on video and shared on the team’s Twitter account.
“He’s got his team, we’ve got our team,” Penn State WR Saeed Blacknall said. “Let’s see what happens.”
What fans can see is assistant Sean Spencer in goggles and a barrage of throws, drops and even catches — with some solid slo-mo action included.
Penn State coaches, players battle in dodgeball
The staff challenged the players to a dodgeball tournament this morning. It was a bold strategy, let's see if it payed off for 'em… pic.twitter.com/YgQMVmViPy
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) March 2, 2017
The Nittany Lions have plenty to be excited about for next season. They went 11-3 this past season, winning the Big Ten Championship Game and playing in the Rose Bowl before finishing ranked in the Top 10. Penn State is likely to start the 2017 season safely in the Top 10, too. The 2018 recruiting class is also ranked No. 2 nationally — the class was No. 1 until Miami passed the Lions on Wednesday night.