James Franklin kicked off his 2020 by adding an exciting new face to his coaching staff when he brought in Boston College's Phil Trautwein. The former Boston College coach is taking over for Matt Limegrover in coaching the offensive line in Happy Valley.
Trautwein's hire has been nearly universally praised by everyone who has commented on it. He brings a great run of success with his linemen at Boston College with him to Penn State.
In an interview with GoPSUSports, we get to learn a bit more about the New Jersey-native, and what brought him to Penn State. He also discusses what he looks for in an offensive lineman, and what he can bring to the program as a former national champion with the Florida Gators.
When asked about what he looks for in characteristics in offensive linemen, he had the following to say.
"For me, it's all about mindset. It's about are they willing to do the little things, are they willing to work and grind. The offensive line position takes a lot of development and understanding of the game of football. So being fundamentally sound, being a technician in both the run and the pass takes time. For me as a player, I saw that as it takes time. You have to understand how to do it. That's something that I went through as a player and that's something that I give to my guys. Understanding how to work and how to develop is the key to becoming a great offensive lineman."
He sounds like he'll be a great fit with James Franklin and his staff. Thanks to recent recruiting efforts, he'll have plenty of guys to mold into future all-conference performers along the line.