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Penn State Football Media Day Live Notebook

by on August 04, 2014 12:20 PM

Penn State football gets underway with training camp Monday and will kickoff the festivities with its annual media day at Beaver Stadium.

James Franklin is set to take the podium at 12:30 with several assistants to follow before player interviews on the Beaver Stadium field. will have plenty of coverage in the coming days and weeks leading up to the 2014 season, but you can read along here for all of the main talking points as they happen at media day.

--James Franklin--

  • Franklin says that he has been here for 7 months but wishes that he had 7 more months. Says the players have been great and is looking forward to seeing how they have progressed over the summer and how the new faces look on the field.
  • 26 days until Penn State opens up against UCF. Prep for that game will start roughly two weeks into camp.
  • Franklin says his family is back in town. He and his wife and two daughters have had two meals with the team since they have moved to State College. Says he wants his family to be a part of the program.
  • Franklin says that he runs a similar system to the one that Hackenberg had already learned under Bill O'Brien. "When a young player has a bunch of success they embrace that system." Franklin says there are lots of parallels between the two systems. 
  • Hackenberg is a secondary concern for Franklin when it comes to team issues. More focused on the pieces around Hackenberg rather than his own development. Offensive line, targets, offensive understanding as a unit.
  • Offensive line: "I wouldn't say that I feel any better or any worse without seeing them do it."
  • Franklin thinks that the tight end position will pick up the slack more than the new receivers on the team will. Says that there is a lot to deal with when you make the move from high school to college. 
  • "We're excited, and we're going to need them"-Franklin on the freshman
  • Franklin doesn't want to see Hackenberg as a mobile quarterback so to speak but wants to see him turn losses into positive gains.
  • Franklin says that playing in Ireland is obviously a different kind of experience dealing with time zones and sleep and energy. Says the schedule is tight and it won't be like a normal road game.
  • Three running backs is the number that you need to really succeed in the running game according to Franklin.
  • Franklin says that the $1.5 million gift for facilities was already in place before he got the job.

--John Donovan--

  • According to what he has read from strength coach this summer the team has had a good offseason working out.
  • "Who are your playmakers." The question Donovan wants to answer. The sooner he finds out the better.
  • Says that Hackenberg competes with himself. "Just wants to be the best"
  • "We have to prove (to the team) that we know what we're doing...the more they hang around you and you hang around them the better"
  • "Teach the information and then have them process" -The key to learning quickly
  • Stresses that blocking is key to a good tight end, not just the ability to catch and run and be athletic. "If they can't block then we'll play four wideouts."

--Charles Huff--

  • Says that having three backs is good because they set the bar high for the younger players.
  • "When you find the biggest fastest guy come and let me know, please" Huff on return game.
  • "Guy goes down, we'll find another one." We do a good job as a staff training the entire team in special teams. It's not just 20 guys during a special team's period.

--Bob Shoop--

  • "Our defensive identity is too be determined. We try and do a good job to find our best players and find a way to put them in the best position that you can for them to succeed."
  • Shoop notes that he's the fourth DC in four years for Penn State. 
  • Looking forward to seeing Brad Bars play. Brandon Bell and Nyeem Wartmen get mentions as well.
  • Adrian Amos is as good as an athlete and player as any Shoop has been around. Says Jordan Lucas is ready to bring his game to the next level as well.
  • Ryan Keiser is a "coach on the field"
  • Will coach from the press box because that's the same view that he sees when he's watching film.

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