Punt week has passed, but Blake Gillikin has a good reason to look forward to this week’s match-up when he’ll play against his twin brother, Tyler. Tyler Gillikin is a walk-on long-snapper for the Wildcats who has consistently reminded Blake of Northwestern’s 2015 victory over Penn State since the two committed to their respective universities. With heavy wind and rain forecasted on Saturday in Evanston, Blake Gillikin could have his work cut out for him to maintain his punting excellence stranding returners on Gillikin’s Island.
Surprisingly they’re not the only pair of siblings who will oppose each other on Saturday, with QB Billy Fessler playing against his brother Charlie who plays wide receiver.
Fan-favorite Michael Mauti is working out for the Texans this week. Bill O’Brien, who coached Mauti at Penn State, expressed desire to sign him during the offseason.
Jonathan Holland has been getting more attention during practice with Mike Gesicki on the sideline. “I think the coaching staff and players have a lot of confidence in what he’s going to do,” Franklin said Wednesday of Holland. “But, you know, I feel better about Mike every single day. So we’ll see what comes out of that.” Gesicki’s status will likely be a game-time decision, but it’s encouraging to hear that Holland is stepping up in his absence. Other practice notes include some remarks from Trace about what he learned in his time spent with Christian Hackenberg.
BTN tried their best, but the SB Nation main page took it a bit further with Saquon’s top 35 plays (so-far). Enjoy.
Talk about a near-impossible task: We ranked @saquonb21's top 10 plays.— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) October 4, 2017
What did we miss, @PennStateFball fans? pic.twitter.com/PWWl1AL5SH