Penn State will put a bow on its 15-practice spring program this Saturday at the annual Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium. It will be the first opportunity for fans to see a tiny bit of James Franklin's plan to maintain his program's success. After going 22-5 with two NY6 bowl appearances over the last two years, he'll have to replace his top wide receiver, top tight end, entire starting secondary, starting middle linebacker, three senior defensive tackles, oh, and some guy named Saquon Barkley.
Franklin met with the media Monday to talk about spring progress, expectations for Saturday, and more.
With DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki headed to the NFL, who will pick up the production in the wide receiver room? We know about Juwan Johnson and DeAndre Thompkins, but the Lions will need contributions from other players to fill the void. Senior quarterback Trace McSorley went on ESPNU Radio to give his take.
No DaeSean Hamilton? No Mike Gesicki? No problem for @McSorley_IX! Hear from the @PennStateFball QB, @coachjfranklin and more tonight at 6pmET as they join @ChildersRadio & @TomLuginbill on the SXM Spring CFB Tour stop at #PennState pic.twitter.com/zf72GZz6YJ— ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (@ESPNUonSiriusXM) April 17, 2018
Just like the receiver corps, Penn State's secondary is up for an overhaul. Check out comments from senior cornerback Amani Oruwariye and CB coach Terry Smith on young Lions primed for bigger roles in 2018.
The Lions have to replace huge production at defensive tackle. Pencil in juniors Kevin Givens and Robert Windsor as starters, but depth is a huge question mark. Check out the DTs working with Assistant Defensive Line coach Phil Galiano.
Oh, and what of Barkley's replacement? Miles Sanders is confident the Lions can remain just as explosive.
Stefen Wisniewski, Lion legend and Super Bowl winner, will be in town to serve at the spring game's honorary captain.