Since all of us are old and have jobs or are at school in places other than State College, well, except for new Nick (by the way, do we have a name for new Nick yet?), none of us were able to be at Penn State Media Day to bring you quotes from James Franklin on the first day of practice. But, many beat writers were, so we're just going to let them recap it all for you.
James Franklin at the podium. Asks how everyone is doing and how everyone's summer was."You guys look shocked this is how I'm starting this"— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 4, 2014
"It's been seven months since I've arrived and we've got a lot of work done" - Coach Franklin.— Collegian Footblog (@psufootblog) August 4, 2014
Referring to the offense, Franklin says "our focus is on all the pieces of the puzzle" that are around Christian Hackenberg— Tim Owen (@Tim_OwenBWI) August 4, 2014
Franklin said they plan to move pocket and get ball out of Hack's hands as quickly as possible because of OL inexperience. #PSU— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) August 4, 2014
On o-line: "IDK if I'd feel any better or any worse w/o seeing them doing things," Franklin said. Praises d-line's ability to push o-line.— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) August 4, 2014
The tight ends, not the wideouts, will make up for most of the production Penn State lost from Allen Robinson and others, says Franklin.— Onward State (@OnwardState) August 4, 2014
Franklin heavily praises Mike Hull, but "he's kind of got a little peanut-head." | https://t.co/bOzYkvCcnm— Derek Levarse (@TLdlevarse) August 4, 2014
JF reiterating need to have three RBs, something PSU does have. JF says he'd love to have 3rd RB be KO returner. Akeel Lynch would be 3rd.— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) August 4, 2014
Franklin says in the spring, there were 5 guys on the team that ran a sub-4.5. Now, with the freshmen here, that number is at 11 guys.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 4, 2014
Franklin says true freshmen DB Grant Haley and WR DeAndre Thompkins are the two fastest players on the team.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 4, 2014
Franklin says UCF prep will start roughly two weeks into camp.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) August 4, 2014
Franklin leaves podium, says "have a good day." When he hears little response, he says louder, "Everybody have a good day!" And response!— Joe Juliano (@JoeJulesinq) August 4, 2014
Offensive coordinator John Donovan and defensive coordinator Bob Shoop spoke after Franklin and I would suggest checking out all the Twitter accounts I posted from here to see what they had to say. In addition, practice was open to the media today and is still going on as I write this, so I'm sure they have video and interviews from the Nittany Lions' first day on the field as well.