Five Takeaways From James Franklin and Josh Gattis

By Matthew Filipovits on August 25, 2017 at 7:30 am
Jan 2, 2017; Pasadena, CA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin talks with running back Saquon Barkley (26) before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the USC Trojans at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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James Franklin and Josh Gattis spoke with the media after this week's practice. Here are five takeaways.

1) Franklin's Contract Reaction

It's becoming more and more uncommon to see collegiate players end their career with the same coach who recruited them. With Franklin's new extension, he guaranteed his players he'll be around for a bit. Coach talked a bit about the response he got from different people he's been around:

"Some of the messages I got from current players, from former players, from former athletic directors, were really pretty good and really pretty special."

2) Legitimate Wide Receiver Depth

Even with the loss of Chris Godwin, wide receiver remains one of Penn State's biggest strengths. Wide receivers coach Josh Gattis seems to think he has more than a handful of guys set to play:

 "We feel like we got six guys that could go out there and start for us any day of the week. Possibly six guys that could start for any Big Ten team."

With six returning wide receivers having recorded a catch during the 2016 season, it seems Gattis is comfortable with any one of them becoming the go-to-guy.

3) When Will Redshirts Be Announced?

We may have to wait until next week to discover which freshmen will be on the field come Akron, but James Franklin already has his mind made up.

" We had the conversation last Sunday. Feel pretty good, for the most part there won't be that many surprises."

Earlier this week we took a look at who we expect to get the greenlight to play right away. By the sound of it, it seems Lamont (hi) Wade has the best chance to see significant time against Akron.

4) Juwan Johnson is Good at Football

It's no secret that Juwan Johnson has been on a tear all offseason. Josh Gattis made some pretty enthusiastic comments about what he expects for the receiver:

"It would not shock me if he went out there and just dominated this year. Which he will, that's not a shock."


Iron Sharpens Iron

Everyone knows that Penn State's roster has been depleted over the past few years due to scholarship restrictions. Back at the full 85 allotment, Franklin talked about what that means for the scout teams:

"The scout teams are just so much different now compared to the way they were three years ago. You look at our scout team o-line, you look at our scout team d-line, it's just different."

With offensive and defensive line being two of the youngest position groups on the roster, it's nice to see Franklin be able to put his starters against some high-quality talent every day in practice.