September 8, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin raced out of the South tunnel at Beaver Stadium with his team Saturday for the first time as Penn State head coach. But he admitted after his successful debut that he was fighting back tears much earlier when he accompanied the Nittany Lions walking from their buses on Curtin Road and into Beaver Stadium through a double column of Penn State fans. "Getting off that bus and walking into the stadium . . . I'm an emotional guy, and I was fighting back my emotions the whole time," Franklin said.
September 7, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Being the veteran on the Penn State offensive line, Donovan Smith doesn't mind reaching out to his younger and less experienced teammates to make sure they know exactly what is expected of them. "Just motivating them and telling them to ask me any questions in terms of game experiences or what I know here or there," the 6-foot-5, 348-pound tackle said earlier this week. "With my knowledge and my experience of playing, I'll provide that information to them if they ask me, or anyone who comes and talks to me. " The mentoring by Smith, a redshirt junior, is sure to come in handy as the Nittany Lions adapt to their new offense under coach James Franklin, a process that continues Saturday against Akron in their home opener - and Franklin's first game at Beaver Stadium.
September 5, 2014 |
Considering Penn State's second coaching change in three years and the resulting alterations in schemes, signals, and philosophies, the Nittany Lions appeared rather smooth and confident with their execution Saturday in their first game under James Franklin. Sure, the Lions had just enough hiccups - minus-2 on turnovers, nine penalties - to make their game against Central Florida a little closer than they would have liked. But no one in Happy Valley was complaining after a 26-24 victory Saturday in the Croke Park Classic in Ireland.
September 4, 2014 |
The fact that Christian Hackenberg established a Penn State record for passing yards in the season-opening victory over Central Florida obscured the inability of the Nittany Lions to do much on the ground, something that James Franklin noticed. That's why Franklin said Tuesday that his team is "going to work hard this week" on getting the running game ready for the Lions' home opener - and Franklin's first game on the Beaver Stadium sideline - Saturday against Akron. "Obviously we need to do a better job of being able to impose our will in the running game and be able to dictate the game from that standpoint," the Penn State coach said at his weekly teleconference.
August 30, 2014
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.; Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland TV/Radio: ESPN2; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (first season); Central Florida, George O'Leary (11th season, 72-56). Series: Penn State leads the series, 2-1. UCF picked up its first victory over the Nittany Lions last season, 34-31, at Beaver Stadium. Three Things to Watch This will be the first chance to watch the style of offense and defense to be employed by Franklin and the members of his coaching staff, most of whom followed him to Happy Valley from Vanderbilt.
August 13, 2014 |
EIGHT DAYS ago, Penn State's football team held its annual preseason media day at Beaver Stadium, where nearly 90 non-freshmen players were spread out across the yet-to-be-painted natural grass field. The defensive linemen were stationed to a far corner, in an area of the field typically used as part of the opposition's sideline. Midway through the hour the players spent in the stadium, about 10 reporters huddled around the 6-4, 255-pound defensive end sporting a blue No. 18 uniform.
August 6, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Whenever Penn State coach James Franklin has been asked recently about Christian Hackenberg, he consistently has mentioned finding the "pieces of the puzzle" - choosing from an inexperienced corps of offensive linemen and wide receivers - to place around the Nittany Lions quarterback. Franklin won't say he is worried, but most of Nittany Nation is. The offensive line returns only one starter, and three of the early projected starting five have not played a single down there.
July 30, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The darkest days of Penn State football may be receding as the focus moves back onto the field. While sanctions remain against Nittany Lions football in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal the subject barely came up at yesterday's Big Ten football media day. About the closest new coach James Franklin came to addressing NCAA punishments came when asked to compare building up his former Vanderbilt program and obstacles...
April 24, 2014
Penn State and new Big Ten rival Rutgers will open the 2014 conference season under the lights on Sept. 13 in Piscataway, N.J. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium and be televised on the Big Ten Network. This will be not only the first conference game for the two teams, it also will be the first Big Ten contest of the season. Rutgers officially will become a member of the Big Ten on July 1. The Scarlet Knights will be playing in the East Division, meaning they will compete against the Nittany Lions annually.
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.