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Practice Report: Bye Week

October 11, 2017

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Videos and notes from Penn State’s mid-week media availability during the bye week

Oct. 11, 2017

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State head coach James Franklin met with media members following practice during the bye week Wednesday evening. 

Now further into the bye week, Wednesday’s practice featured the non-travel squad, wrapping up with a scrimmage. Catch up on a few highlights from the post-practice media session.

Bye Week Objectives
Franklin noted the bye week gives ample time for the Nittany Lions to ease off the wear and tear of a regularly scheduled practice, incorporating younger members on the team, while still maintaining a level of productivity. 

“Each practice we had a bunch of stuff with the young guys, probably at least three 12-play scrimmages per practice with those guys,” Franklin said.

He also noted that tomorrow’s practice will be solely run by Penn State’s graduate assistants, with the GA’s given the opportunity to take total control.

“Tomorrow, we’ll have a GA run practice, which is great for them from a development standpoint because they get to run their own meetings,” Franklin said. “They get to come out and run their own practice. It will be just the GA’s and the non-travel squad.”

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Emerging Nittany Lions
With mostly the scout team on display this week, Franklin named a few Nittany Lions who have stepped forward. 

One of those Nittany Lions is true freshman running back Journey Brown. Prior to arriving at Penn State, the Meadville, Pennsylvania native capped off his high school career winning a state championship in the 100-meter outdoor event, setting a state record with a time of 10.43 seconds.

“Obviously we knew he could run, but being able to run fast on a track and being able to do it at this level, he has really showed something the last couple of weeks,” Franklin said. “He has the ability to break tackles, which we didn’t know, because in high school he was just faster than everybody.”

Franklin also made mention of true freshman offensive lineman C.J. Thorpe, someone who he believes has a chance to develop into one of the more physical, intimidating blockers in the Big Ten.

On The Recruiting Trail
While the team might be free to enjoy the weekend or a few days off from practice, Franklin noted that he and the staff will hit the recruiting trail this week. Franklin will head off to Texas immediately, with the rest of the coaching staff spread out in different areas of the country from Wednesday on through Saturday.

“For us, it’s not like the old days where you go recruit Maryland and you just hit every school in Maryland,” Franklin said. “You’re going to see specific prospects all over the country and it’s pretty demanding. We’ll get our time off after signing day.”