Jemal Griffin isn’t supposed to receive punts — he’s a team staffer. But there he was at Wednesday’s practice.
Landof10.com‘s Corey Masisak said lineman Chasz Wright got the first opportunity, but he dropped the ball. Two more failed in their chances, including assistant coach Tim Banks.
Penn State coach James Franklin then challenged Griffin, the program’s chief of staff.
“There is one guy who can save you all…Jemal Griffin,” Franklin said.
So Griffin came off the sidelines and waited.
“You got this, Jemal,” someone said.
As DKPittsburghSports.com‘s Audrey Snyder shared, team sprints were on the line.
When James Franklin calls the team's chief of staff out to field a punt….. With sprints on the line pic.twitter.com/kFg9fJYBAm
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) August 17, 2016
Griffin has been with coach James Franklin at Maryland, Vanderbilt and now Penn State. Judging by the players’ reactions, his popularity may have reached new heights.
Here’s another view of Griffin’s catch, courtesy of StateCollege.com‘s Ben Jones.
Penn State chief of staff Jemal Griffin catches a punt to end practice pic.twitter.com/0Hy0E2SsNW
— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) August 17, 2016