Highlighting Penn State Football news for today is a feature published by Head Coach James Franklin in The Players Tribune. It’s well worth a read, and Franklin starts out by sharing his perspective on the Ohio State upset last year, before providing some insight on his life before and during his tenure at Penn State. One of my favorite comments from the coach is that he was also baffled by the speed of the Buckeye’s place-kick holder and kicker as they chased Haley into the endzone.
Penn State’s improvement on the offensive line is no secret, changing from a liability to a strength over the past two seasons. Steve Connelly breaks down their development, speaking with coaches and players and giving some insight into what we can expect this year.
Philly.com has a feature about defensive tackle Curtis Cothran, one-half of the Cothren/Cothran duo that will terrorize backfields in the Big Ten this year. Curtis addresses the issues of such similar names, and also talks about his time at Penn State growing into a starting role after being a backup for a few years. Like many, James Franklin has high expectations this season for Cothran.
It was surprising to see true freshman Sean Clifford ahead of Jake Zembiec in the depth chart earlier this week, although we later learned that Zembiec is dealing with an injury. Still, Clifford has impressed his coaches and teammates this summer. Trace McSorley shares his thoughts on the young QB with John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times.