Mutual admiration from Franklin, Matthews

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Posted: May 18, 2014

FOUR MONTHS after his college coach of 3 years left Vanderbilt for Penn State, Jordan Matthews finds himself in the same state as the man who helped him break several SEC receiving records.

In James Franklin, Matthews said, Penn State has "one of the most high-energy coaches probably in the whole country."

"He doesn't take days off," said Matthews, the Eagles' second-round draft pick (42nd overall). "When he says he's crazy and he's psycho about football, he's not lying."

Some players might have to adjust to Franklin, Matthews said, because "he's going to bring it every single day."

"And if he sees you dragging, he's going to ask you to pick it up. [He's] just a great coach. I mean it's evident what we did for Vanderbilt. I think he's going to do the same for Penn State."

Matthews, 6-3, 212 pounds, was utilized in a multitude of ways at Vanderbilt. He finished his collegiate career as the SEC's all-time leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759) and hauled in a conference-record 112 passes as a senior last season.

Asked about his former star Tuesday night at an appearance in King of Prussia, Franklin said he had a "man crush" on Matthews. Matthews laughed when that was brought up yesterday.

"That's my dude, man," he said. "Coach Franklin, man, he helped me out with my career. You've just got to know him. When I heard it, I'm, like, 'That's so coach Franklin.' "

- Jake Kaplan

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