Penn State Football: Franklin Gives Latest On Keiser Hospitalization
James Franklin gave an update on hospitalized safety Ryan Keiser on Thursday night during his weekly radio show and the news is still good for the senior Nittany Lion.
"We saw his wife, and his mom and dad, and the unbelievable doctors at Penn State," Franklin said. "It was awesome to see him."
Franklin took the trip down to the Hershey Medical Center along with players Miles Dieffenbach, Jesse Della Valle, Mike Hull and Brad Bars, as well as Penn State head athletic trainer Tim Bream. Keiser has been in the hospital for just over two weeks after fracturing a rib and suffering a bowel injury at practice. The bowel injury was not initially detected.
According to Franklin, Keiser was in good spirits and remarked how proud and impressed he was with the play of his freshman backup Marcus Allen. Allen has 22 tackles, a sack and three pass breakups since taking over for Keiser.
"The thing that is amazing is literally as we were walking out of the room, he was going to get a procedure done, and all he could talk about was how proud he was of Marcus Allen and how well he was training," Franklin said.
The timeline for Kesier's return is still unknown. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to his injuries but could make a return to Beaver Stadium as early as Penn State's meeting with Temple on Nov. 15. Even if Keiser isn't with the team physically, he hasn't stopped following his teammates and their battle to get back in the win column.
"All he cared about was getting back as soon as he possibly could. Temple, or whatever," Franklin said. "He's watched all the games. We're trying to ask him, 'What can we do for you? How can we help you? All Keiser wanted to talk about was his interest in the team, and making sure everybody is okay and how proud he was of Marcus Allen. It put things in perspective right there."
Penn State visits Indiana to face the Hoosiers this weekend for a noon kick.
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