Coach James Franklin Is Confident In Penn State For The 2018 SeasonPosted: Updated:
University Park, P.A. - The wait is almost officially over, it's almost September and that means football is just days away. High school football starts tomorrow, the NFL pre season wraps up this week and college football is in full swing this upcoming weekend. With that being said, the Penn State Nittany Lions take the field at home on Saturday September 1 to kick off the start of their 2018 season.
Penn State's head coach James Franklin joined the Nittany Lions in 2014 and has continuously pushed the program to great things. PSU finished 7-6 in Franklin 's first year as head coach and since then, have received a Big Ten Title in 2016 and enter the 2018 season with a pair of back-to-back 11 win seasons. Penn State entered the 2017 season with a playoff-caliber team, but unfortunately came up short when they lost two games by a combined four points, last season. But, once again Penn state enters this season ranked in the top-10 and with top ranked quarterback, Trace McSorley.
Although the Nittany Lions still have their leader in McSorley, this season does bring a few different question marks, especially after losing key players like running back Saquon Barkley, Marcus Allen and Jason Cabinda. But, even with those question marks, there is still a lot of talent.
"We have more question marks this year than we had in the last two years and I think we have a very challenging schedule" said Penn State head coach James Franklin.
"We have a good looking football team. We're athletic and inexperienced. But, we're talented" James said.
"We have really strong leadership right now."
Leadership in all three phases of the ball.
"We have really strong leadership right now. Throughout our program but specifically with Trace McSorley, Nick Scott and Blake Gillikin, all throughout offense, defense and special teams, which is great." said James.
"I think our quarterback position is a strength on offense and our offensive line is a strength."
"There's still a difference between having a legitimate Big Ten offensive line as we did last year and then having a offensive line that allows you to compete with big programs and we took a huge step towards that last year" said James.
But, with the regular season just two days away Franklin is confident in this group and what they can bring to the field.
"This is by far the healthiest team we've ever had going in to camp" James said.
"We've had more players available to train and develop."
Penn State opens the 2018 season in Beaver Stadium against Appalachian State at 3:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network.