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Penn State Football: Five Questions Heading Into James Franklin's Weekly Press Conference

by on September 20, 2016 6:00 AM

Heading on the road to face No. 4 Michigan this weekend in Ann Arbor there is no shortage of storylines to cover between a depleted defense and a growing offense. With that in mind the Nittany Lions' biggest challenge won't be the Wolverines but an injury plagued roster just three weeks into the season.

James Franklin is set to speak to the media at 12:30 on Tuesday, here are five thing he will almost certainly get asked about.


Between a hobbled Saquon Barkley and seven defensive players being out or limited on Saturday there isn't a lack of bumps and bruises to ask about. Franklin probably won't go into much detail, but if any are season ending, mainly Nyeem Wartman-White, he has said that those will be disclosed as they are known. So if you're a fan the hope is no news is good news on Tuesday.

Miles Sanders:

With Barkley out for part of the game last weekend freshman Miles Sanders took some reps in the backfield along with Andre Robinson. Sanders has allegedly been on the slow-but-steady diet as Penn State isn't looking to rush him into action considering what Barkley is capable of, but Sanders is likely too talented to ignore for long. If the Nittany Lions need a wrinkle on Saturday, Sanders might just be the man for the job.

Jabrill Peppers:

Michigan's ace defender, special teams talent and offensive secret weapon is one of the most dynamic players in college football. Stopping Peppers isn't exactly an easy task, but it's pretty much required if you're going to slow the Wolverines at all.

Brent Pry:

Along the same lines as injuries it will be interesting to see how James Franklin assesses the job defensive coordinator Brent Pry has done with such an ever changing list of healthy players. This isn't to imply that he has done poorly, but it's safe to say he hasn't had much help in the department of good luck. Penn State has despite high scoring games, done a decent job slowing teams down just enough to win or in the case of Pitt, nearly make the complete comeback. A lot of that has to do with Pry, and his ability to succeed in spite of some pretty awful circumstances.


With injuries all around the roster that's the best way to turn a once redshirt bound player into a starter over the span of a few snaps. There aren't many candidates that fit this bill, but if things are changing in this department Franklin might give some insight into new names and faces you could expect to see the field earlier than expected.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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