Franklin: "Barkley has been the starting kick returner since camp"

By Adriana Lacy on September 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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Head Coach James Franklin address the media Tuesday afternoon and discussed his thoughts on the team’s performance against Pittsburgh and preparations for Georgia State.

Franklin addressed his comments from Saturday’s post-game presser about the team having a “complete game,” and highlighted the efforts across all units.

“When you watch the tape, there’s some areas obviously we could’ve played better in, but I do feel like all three phases played good enough to win.”

RB Saquon Barkley earned the offensive player of the game from Saturday, and Franklin talked about Barkley’s role on the team, specifically his role as kick returner and answered a question about the possible injuries that could occur from him in that role.

“Saquon Barkley has been the starting kick returner since camp. I didn’t want that on the depth chart because I didn’t want people scheming to kick it away from him."

Although players like Miles Sanders and Nick Scott could be fit for the role, he said that team has known Barkley would play in that position since the beginning.

Franklin also mentioned that teams will now likely try to kick it away from Barkley and that having players like Koa Farmer as an up back is really important because he also has the ability to return.  

Penn State takes on the Georgia State Panthers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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