Franklin huddles with his Penn State players

Posted: January 14, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State football players emerged from the Lasch Football Building at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after meeting with their new coach, James Franklin, for the first time.

Roll was taken at the meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes. Every player attended, including Penn State's five early enrollees. None was made available to the media afterward.

On Saturday, Penn State formally introduced Franklin in a news conference at Beaver Stadium.

"It is going to be a sprint from here on out, and that is talking to the players, the current players," Franklin said. "We've got a lot of work to do in a very, very short period of time, and it's time-sensitive because of the recruiting process as well."

Players voiced their thoughts on Franklin's hiring on Twitter.

Former St. Augustine Prep standout and current Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson posted: "New year, New coach, but still getting after it no matter what."

Tight end Adam Breneman expressed his gratitude to those who hired Franklin: "Often overlooked, but a big thanks to Dr. [Dave] Joyner, President [Rodney] Erickson, and committee for all their hard work during this search. #PSUProud"

Former Penn State quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge also chimed in on the social media website. He met Franklin in Pasadena, Calif., while the two provided analysis for ESPN at the BCS title game.

Among Blackledge's comments: "As a Penn Stater, Al Golden would have been my first choice because he knows firsthand what the program has really been about and loves PSU. Having said that, I am good with James Franklin. Passionate. Dynamic. Relationship-oriented. Tireless recruiter. Smart guy with Pennsylvania roots."

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