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James Franklin Announces 2015 Penn State Football Leadership Council

The council will comprise of 25 players and will be looked upon to lead the team and uphold the program's four core values.

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James Franklin has announced the 25 football players who will make up Penn State's 2015 Leadership Council. According to a press release from GoPSUSports, the council will be comprised of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and will be tasked with upholding the program's four core values, which you can check out right here.

Here is a list of the players who will be part of this council:

  • Freshmen: Trace McSorley, Troy Reeder
  • Sophomores: Adam Breneman, Jason Cabinda, Grant Haley, DaeSean Hamilton, Andrew Nelson
  • Juniors: Brandon Bell, Christian Hackenberg, Austin Johnson, Akeel Lynch, Nyeem Wartman
  • Seniors: Matt Baney, Tarow Barney, Kyle Carter, Da'Quan Davis, Jordan Dudas, Brandon Johnson, Ben Kline, Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro, Carl Nassib, Trevor Williams, Matt Zanellato, Anthony Zettel

Here is the role of the Leadership Council, from GoPSUSports:

"The Leadership Council is something that is very important to us. The Council gives the team a strong voice and an opportunity to positively influence change within the program," Franklin said. "This is a group of guys who bring a variety of different views to the table. We value their opinions and trust they will drive our program's culture and core values.


This group is not only charged with leading the team, but the expectation is to also uphold the program's four core values: positive attitude, great work ethic, competitive in everything and must be willing to sacrifice. The Leadership Council meets at least twice a month in Franklin's office.

As Onward State pointed out, Pat Chambers has something similar in place for the Nittany Lions' basketball team. We'll see what impact the Leadership Council has on the school's football team going forward.