Weekly Press Convention – Head Coach James Franklin (Maryland) – Penn State College Athletics

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Weekly Press Convention – Head Coach James Franklin (Maryland) – Penn State College Athletics


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Opening Assertion: Like traditional, I need to thank all people for getting on and do a short abstract of the Ohio State recreation.
 
Clearly, misplaced the turnover battle. We received the penalty battle. Explosive play battle, we didn’t win the explosive play battle. 
 
A pair common ideas. From a optimistic perspective, our third down offense jumped as much as 58 %, which I believe was a giant issue within the recreation and the explanation we had been in a position to maintain drives, clearly, and get some factors on the board. Our purple zone protection was spectacular. We held them to 16 % scoring within the purple zone. That they had been up so far this 12 months 79 % scoring within the purple zone. I believed we had been way more bodily up entrance, actually on each side of the ball, O-line, D-line and tight ends, after which I believe our protection continues to do a fantastic job in sudden-change protection. 
 
Alternatives for development: Defending the soccer on offense, creating turnovers on protection. We have got to be extra explosive on offense after which we have got to eradicate explosive performs. 
I believed we did a fantastic job defensively within the first half, had some momentum, actually received the center eight minutes. We scored on the finish of the primary half and bought a rating to begin the second half, after which they bought two huge explosive performs. We had restricted, perhaps essentially the most explosive offense within the nation, up till that time. I believe one of many huge components within the recreation was we did not reap the benefits of an early turnover and discipline place and gave it again to them. I believe that was a giant issue within the recreation. 
 
Speaking about Maryland, Mike Locksley and the College of Maryland, I’ve bought numerous familiarity with that faculty. I used to be there on and off for eight years. Me and Mike labored on the workers collectively.
 
Their offensive coordinator, Dan Enos, clearly he is bought a powerful resume. He is been an offensive coordinator at a number of establishments, been a head coach earlier than. Guys that we’re impressed with is, clearly their quarterback, No. 3, [Taulia] Tagovailoa, their operating again No. 8, [Taylor] Fleet-Davis, after which their receiver Rakim Jarrett. These guys type of leap out to us. 
 
Defensively, Brian Stewart, who I’ve recognized for a very long time, has been a defensive coordinator in faculty at a number of spots in addition to within the NFL as a defensive coordinator. Been impressed with their defensive lineman No. 97, [Sam] Okuayinonu, after which No. 3, Nick Cross, the security, who we closely recruited, as nicely. 
 
Then their particular groups coordinator, Ron Zook, clearly bought an incredible resume. Really Mike labored for Ron on the College of Florida. He is been a particular groups and defensive coordinator within the NFL in addition to a number of spots in faculty, and clearly Rakim Jarrett additionally does a fantastic job within the return recreation, as nicely. 
 Q. Are you to the purpose but with the operating recreation, at this level of the season, the place extra important modifications or strikes on the O-line could also be thought-about? I do know you talked about Olu [Fashanu] and Landon [Tengwall] in your radio present final week. Are you but in that window for Landon to get him some enjoying time?A: I assume that is a good level. I’d agree with you with one half, and the opposite half I’d barely disagree, as a result of I believed we performed extra bodily this week. I believed we had been in a position to run the ball, combine it in there, so I believe we need to construct on that. 
 
However I believe your level with Landon and Olu, it might be good to get them some work, there is not any doubt about it. We’ll construct on that. 
 
I believe a very powerful factor is, I believed we had been bodily on each fronts final week, and we have to construct on that. 
 Q. It was virtually a 12 months in the past right this moment you had been preparing for Maryland and also you needed to alter your observe schedule due to the NCAA laws with being off for election day. Sports activities Illustrated simply reported not too way back that some faculties utilized for waivers so they may observe right this moment. How are you dealing with that this week? Clearly you observe Sunday, however Monday sometimes is your time off. What is the schedule like this week?A: Yeah, so we had deliberate to observe on Monday. We did have a head coaches’ name, like we sometimes do with the Massive Ten, and type of went over it intimately to get all people on the identical web page with what the expectations had been. There have been conversations, clearly, concerning the waivers, as nicely. 
 
We talked to our management council. Clearly being engaged in our communities is one thing that is crucial to us and we spend numerous time discussing that and speaking about that. Our captains felt like the very best factor for us to do can be to maintain our schedule the identical, particularly once you’re speaking about most of our guys had been going to be utilizing absentee ballots, after which they’d the flexibility all morning with the voting facilities open at 7:00 a.m., numerous various things. Clearly, Burrow Council, college board administrators, mayor of State School, commonwealth courts, Superior Court docket, Supreme Court docket justice, district attorneys, type of made positive our guys all understood what was happening. 
 
However with most of our guys utilizing the absentee poll, they felt like we wished to maintain our schedule the identical and maintain our off-day Monday after which observe right this moment. So, we had been in a position to get the waiver from the Massive Ten. We’ll proceed discussing these matters. We perceive how essential they’re. Clearly final 12 months there was numerous conversations, so we’ll proceed to construct on that. 
 Q. It regarded like in warmups that Christian Veilleux perhaps has grow to be your No. 2 quarterback. Is that the case? How is that type of shaping up there the previous couple of weeks?A: You had requested a query final week and we weren’t actually positive up till recreation time. However Ta’Quan [Roberson] had been restricted. He was in a position to observe all week however had been restricted, so based mostly on the variety of reps and the place he was at, speaking to the docs and trainers, we determined that Veilleux can be in that place on Saturday. 
 
After which clearly we’ll do the identical factor this week and take a look at it, nevertheless it was due to his reps being restricted was the explanation for that. 
 Q. You guys turned down a penalty that may have given you an additional snap inside the 2 or the three. Clearly, you had been proper there on the objective line. You rating on the subsequent play, so all of it labored out. However I am curious, what had been the steps that go into a call like that the place another person may suppose that it is apparent to take the additional down once you’re that shut, and the way deep are your situational guides for issues like that?A: Yeah, so after I was asking the officers what the scenario can be, we might have misplaced somewhat little bit of yardage in line with the officers. We might have gained a down, there is not any doubt about it. However speaking to our coaches on the headset, the ball on the one-yard line, we felt good about that and wished to go away it, wished to go away it there. 
 
It is a kind of conditions you actually might have made arguments each methods, however the info I bought again from the official, as a result of that is sometimes what you do, you say okay. So proper now it may be 2nd-and-1 from the objective; if we take the penalty the place will the ball be; they’re type of providing you with the suggestions the place it might be. So that you make the choice you suppose is in all people’s finest curiosity proper there, and speaking to the coaches on the headset and the way the officers defined the place it might be, we felt like that was the very best scenario. 
 Q. You are two-thirds of the best way by means of the common season. In what space have you ever seen the best development on this group since camp?A: Yeah, so clearly, it has been type of a curler coaster in some methods, proper. You begin out the season with perhaps some of the difficult schedules within the nation. Clearly happening the street to Wisconsin to open the season, ranked opponent, and we battle like loopy and discover a strategy to get some wins in numerous alternative ways like we mentioned. 
 
After which go on the street and play a very powerful recreation in opposition to I believe the No. 3 group within the nation on the time, and clearly some challenges come there. 
 
I assume what I’d say is, trying on the group, there’s clearly some methods, we have got to discover a strategy to win a few of these powerful video games, and that is by means of numerous alternative ways. That is by means of preparation, that is by means of improvement, that is by means of scheme, that is by means of recruiting, from a depth perspective. That is all these issues. 
 
To me, I’ve seen some actually good issues from our protection. I’ve seen some actually good issues from our offense at instances. Clearly, when Sean [Clifford] has been wholesome, that is had a huge impact on that. Particular groups, , I believe general, I believe we have accomplished a very good job of controlling discipline place. I want we might have made a couple of extra discipline targets. 
 
I believe clearly there’s a couple of performs and some video games we might like to have again. That does not occur, so that you be taught from them, you develop, you be actually trustworthy with your self and your group, and also you discover a strategy to get a win this week and construct on it from there. 
 
I believe there was sufficient issues final week in that recreation to construct on, however we have got to discover a strategy to get a win this week. That is all that issues. 
 Q. I am curious what the sort of season can educate your gamers like as younger males, dealing with the type of adversity they’ve confronted the final three weeks and all the time being in it and having an opportunity to win the sport. What do you educate them from a life lesson perspective? Is there even time to try this?A: No, there’s all the time time for it, proper. Typically you do not need to acknowledge it, however I believe it’s important to. In the mean time, you’d higher be taught from it, you’d higher develop, you’d higher evolve, you’d higher always be studying, and that is for all of us. That is the gamers, that is the coaches, that is the gamers in conferences, that is the coaches in conferences, that is coaches with the media, that is all of it. 
 
Do not be defensive. Be trustworthy. Be as clear as you presumably will be. Have numerous discussions. Problem your self, problem one another, and discover a strategy to get higher after which be taught from it, whether or not it is one thing you are going to apply instantly this week or whether or not it is one thing that you will write down and maintain monitor of for subsequent season. 
 
That is what we attempt to do each single expertise and each single day. We attempt to right and we attempt to enhance. Clearly, you want to have the ability to be taught a few of these classes whereas nonetheless successful. 
 
I believe we talked about that the primary 5 weeks. There have been issues that we would have liked to get corrected whereas we had been successful, so they do not come again to chew you, and we did that basically nicely for 5 weeks. However a few of these issues had been nonetheless obvious, and in shut, highly-contested video games in opposition to actually good opponents, they will come again to chew you. 
 
I believe you all the time have to take a look at it that method in soccer and in life, and we do that each single Sunday, and as coaches we do that each single day. I do know I’ve to return in with that very same kind of perspective into this press convention. 
 Q. On Saturday you talked about that you’d have extra on this right this moment with the way you guys performed in a different way this recreation in comparison with Illinois. I do know you talked about the physicality right this moment and also you talked about Sean’s well being on Saturday. Was there the rest that stood out as compared of these two video games?A: Yeah, I believe the most important factor, clearly, is your beginning quarterback being wholesome. However that additionally goes into the opposite issues that I already talked about about improvement and scheme and recruiting and issues like that and enjoying to your personnel’s strengths. 
 
However I believe the most important factor is, we battled. We had been extra bodily up entrance on each side of the ball, type of like I already acknowledged. The distinction on third down, I believed we made performs on this recreation. These did not occur the week earlier than. I believed our guys dealt with adversity and rose to the event in opposition to a very good and proficient opponent. 
 
Even early within the recreation, you get a turnover and you have momentum and you have actually good discipline place, and never a fantastic scenario to present the ball proper again after the primary play and numerous groups in opposition to that opponent on the street, that may have been tough to beat. The momentum would have swung. However our protection stepped proper up and made some huge performs and gave our offense an opportunity to pay it ahead again to them, as nicely. 
 
Then, I believe we went on a 90-yard, 13-play drive and bought a landing, and our guys, their confidence type of simply continued to develop and we simply type of stored battling. I requested the coaches to name the sport in an aggressive method. I wished the gamers to play in an aggressive method, and for essentially the most half we did that. 
 
Clearly, each recreation you are going to have the ability to look again and level out issues that you just need to get higher, however there have been some optimistic indicators to construct on, and once more, we have got to right the problems and the errors. 
 Q. It regarded like on the defensive position, it regarded like Derrick Tangelo type of took PJ’s function final week greater than beforehand, is that the way you noticed it? Appeared like he was lined up straight over middle. Are you able to speak somewhat bit about the way you modified issues for run protection functions?A: Yeah, I believe a pair issues. Clearly, once you lose two guys, we misplaced clearly Sean Clifford, our captain, on offense, a major function, and also you lose PJ Mustipher, Sean for a half after which restricted, after which PJ clearly for the season, these aren’t fast fixes. 
 
I believe the mix of Tangelo in addition to [Coziah] Izzard and Dvon Ellies, these guys have stepped up. They most likely weren’t able to do it instantly within the second half and doubtless weren’t able to do it instantly the subsequent recreation, however they’re getting higher. 
 
Tangelo was already enjoying at a fairly excessive degree, however clearly his rep depend has elevated dramatically from what we had been doing earlier than. 
 
I believe that is a part of what I type of mentioned earlier on this name, and improvement in recruiting and all most of these issues, in order that once you do have accidents of outstanding gamers like that, you actually really feel like you may have the subsequent man stepping up. 
 
I believe I’ve mentioned this to you guys earlier than. You all the time need to be in a scenario the place you may have, clearly, a very proficient man as your starter with one other starter when it comes to potential and expertise behind him, after which a younger up-and-coming man that you just’re enthusiastic about. 
 
You actually need to have that at each single place, and with among the accidents that we have had, it is thrust these guys that had been younger, developmental guys that we had been enthusiastic about into way more important roles instantly. 
 
I believe your level is correct. I believed Tangelo actually did a significantly better job with the elevated reps that he was enjoying and nonetheless performed at a excessive degree, after which clearly the reps that Izzard and Dvon Ellies, the variety of reps that they’ve gone up, have gone up dramatically, and I believed they battled. I actually thought they battled and did some good issues. 
 
However we’ll most likely want two extra guys. We sometimes wish to have 5 D-tackles rotating the whole 12 months. We sometimes wish to have 5 defensive ends rotating the whole 12 months.
 
Clearly dropping Adisa Isaac earlier than the season began and dropping PJ Mustipher early within the season modifications that. However that is after we’ve been at our greatest, is after we’ve had a rotation of 5 guys. 
 Q. When the group is touring to away video games, is there a sure temper or environment that you just need to have on the aircraft or bus when it comes to guys speaking, guys not speaking? Do you may have a choice on this space?A: Yeah, so I’ve type of grown up in a soccer, in highschool and my faculty expertise after which truly even after I first began teaching, the place actually 27 hours earlier than the sport or much more than that, you would be completely locked in, no speaking, and clearly by means of doing a little research and speaking to some totally different folks, that is modified over the past most likely 10 to fifteen years. 
 
What we attempt do is we attempt to construct as much as it. You do not want them type of locked in mentally and emotionally and bodily that lengthy earlier than the sport the place there is not any speaking on the bus journey to Maryland. That does not make an entire lot of sense. 
 
What we do is we construct up. It’s best to see, it’s best to be capable of really feel a distinction, say you’ve got bought a Friday dinner and also you’re enjoying a Saturday evening recreation like we had final week; the Friday dinner ought to nonetheless be targeted however guys must be having fun with themselves with their positions and type of going by means of their check and tip sheets. 
 
Then Saturday morning clearly you are still a very long time till recreation time. That breakfast ought to really feel totally different than the Friday evening earlier than, however nonetheless, we do not want them like that but.
 
Then all the best way as much as the pregame meal issues must be totally different, after which the journey over to the stadium, clearly issues must be completely locked in. 
 
In order that’s modified, even in my time as a coach it is modified dramatically from my first couple years in teaching to what it’s now. 
 
However I might additionally say this: I’ve talked to some older coaches and youthful coaches; there’s instances the place you’re feeling just like the group is simply too unfastened, and then you definitely go play your tail off, and there is instances the place you suppose the blokes are targeted and locked in, and you do not play as nicely. 
 
It is type of laborious to learn and there is so many alternative components that type of go into that. That is why we attempt to maintain our course of as constant as we presumably can. 
 Q. You clearly spent a number of years at Maryland. How did your time there form you as a coach? What issues out of your time there have type of stayed with you within the years since?A: Yeah, I had a fantastic expertise there. It was actually my first big-time, full-time job. Had numerous success there with, I first went with Ron Vanderlinden, which is a man that lots of people round right here know as a result of he was on workers right here for a very long time. I went with him my first 12 months after which Ralph Friedgen got here in, and I used to be with Ralph for 4 years, and we went on a very good run and had numerous success. 
 
I realized loads in a brief time frame about teaching, about organizational construction, about recruiting, actually all of it. It was an incredible expertise. I am very appreciative of that. 
 
Clearly recruiting that space, had numerous success in recruiting that space. I used to be nonetheless recruiting Pennsylvania on the time, as nicely, in order that was useful. My one daughter was born there. There’s numerous fond recollections. 
 
My spouse labored within the admissions workplace on campus. She’s bought numerous pals there and in the neighborhood. Quite a lot of my dad’s facet of the household is there, so I’ve bought numerous cousins and what I name aunts and uncles in that space, after which numerous pals which might be highschool coaches and issues like that. 
 
I had a very good expertise. I am very appreciative. I am very appreciative of my time there. Clearly, Debbie Yow was the athletic director on the time and had a huge impact on my profession, as nicely, her and Ralph Friedgen. 
 
So, I had a fantastic expertise there. I am very appreciative of it. Clearly going again, there’s nonetheless lots of people I do know, however there’s additionally been an incredible quantity of modifications, as nicely, from a amenities standpoint and all these sorts of issues. I do not suppose at this stage it provides anyone a bonus or something as a result of the rosters are utterly totally different and the philosophies are very totally different, however clearly there’s numerous household. 
 Q. Good afternoon, James. You talked about Taulia Tagovailoa as a quarterback, he is had some ups and downs this 12 months. What have you ever seen from him on movie? Wow do you suppose your defensive nonetheless expertise matches up with what Maryland has on that facet of ball?A: He is a very proficient man. He could make performs along with his arm. Makes a few of huge time throws and he can lengthen performs and make performs along with his ft. Does a very nice job with that as nicely. I believe their scheme does a great job of making the most of each of these issues, too. 
 
I have been very impressed with him. Clearly, like all of us type of take care of at this degree, you take a look at among the performs that he is been in a position to make within the video games they’ve received and among the challenges and points that he is had that we’re all working by means of. 
 
General, I have been actually impressed with him over the past couple years and what he is been in a position to do. They seem to be a proficient, quick, athletic group. He does a great job getting the ball to gamers in area fairly constantly. 
 
It may be an actual problem. I do know our coaches and gamers are excited concerning the alternative, nevertheless it’ll be an actual problem. 
 Q. I wished to ask however Mike Yurcich. You moved on from Kirk [Ciarrocca] to him. I do know you are huge within the stats. NCAA stats present you are down in most key offensive numbers this 12 months in comparison with final 12 months. What are among the challenges to date for Mike and the way would you analyze what he is accomplished to date?A: Yeah, I believe you have to take a look at all it, proper. I believe these factors are particularly reasonable. You’ve got additionally bought to take a look at it within the sorts of opponents that you have performed, the kind of defenses that you have performed. I believe all these issues issue into it. 
 
For me, it is also what number of guys are getting concerned. What number of guys are we getting concerned within the offense when it comes to touches and spreading the sector. 
 
I additionally would say that once you take a look at your higher-end opponents, what are we doing in opposition to these kind of opponents as nicely. Ohio State, had been we in a position to transfer the ball in opposition to Ohio State like we did final week. 
 
I believe it is a honest level and I get the query. I additionally suppose it is like information. Not all information are the identical. 
 
You already know, if in case you have 5 wins and you have performed three ranked opponents versus 5 wins and no ranked opponents, I believe it’s important to take a look at all of it. It is a honest level and I believe once you look analytics and knowledge, it’s important to be it holistically. 
 
That is a part of it as nicely, proper. In the event you performed three-unranked opponents to open the season non-conference and scored 60 factors a recreation on these opponents, these numbers are going to skew your numbers the remainder of the 12 months in a optimistic method. So, I believe you bought take a look at all of it. That is type of how I do. 
 Q. Did a delayed return from Ohio State drive you to alter or alter your preparation?A: Yeah, so we bought again to Lasch based mostly on some climate in State School after which not with the ability to discover bus drivers that may drive us again, after which having to attend for staffing on the Harrisburg airport. I believe all of us understand staffing is a matter throughout our nation proper now. 
 
So based mostly on all that, ready to see if we might fly into State School, attempting to get staffing in Harrisburg, after which additionally looking for busses to drive us again or discover rooms to remain the evening, which we weren’t capable of finding rooms to remain the evening. Ended up not getting again to Lasch till about 6:30 within the morning, and most of us getting residence to our homes between 6:45 and seven:00 within the morning. 
 
What we did is we pushed every thing again that Sunday. Some folks had been in a position to get some sleep on the aircraft or busses, after which we pushed every thing again within the morning so folks might go residence and get a couple of hours of sleep as a workers, after which the gamers clearly had a lot of the day to sleep. 
 
Then we practiced later within the day, early night. So nonetheless in a position to get work accomplished, however did lose some hours that morning and a few hours the evening earlier than that we usually would have. 
 Q. You talked about being extra environment friendly within the run after the sport on Saturday. Having lacked explosive runs, has that been a development by means of the course of the season, these explosive runs and what goes into that? What unlocks these as an offense?A: Yeah, so I believe that has clearly been a difficulty that we have had this 12 months, similar to I simply bought accomplished answering about stats, whether or not it is whole offense or factors that you’ve early within the 12 months skewing your numbers or a pair huge runs, proper. 
 
You take a look at Ohio State. We had been in a position to do a fairly good job defending the run, however then you definitely let up one huge run and it modifications the complexion of every thing. So for us, it begins with getting push and creating some holes and operating with a mentality and pad degree and being extra environment friendly. 
 
After which clearly the subsequent step is with the ability to make a few of these guys miss and break some tackles within the gap and speed up and take it the space, whether or not it is 40, 50, 60, 80 yards, no matter it could be, and we’ve not had that. 
 
In order that’s one thing we have to do. Clearly final week, I believed was a step in the proper path from that standpoint, and now we would have liked to that plus creating the explosive performs. 
 
A few of it as nicely is the RPO recreation that may create some challenges and put some folks in battle. I believe our RPO recreation will grow to be extra explosive within the passes now that individuals should respect the run, as soon as we present that we’ll do it once more this week. 
 
Then folks have a selection, proper. Do they double group Jahan Dotson or do they bracket any individual or do they put you in a scenario the place you are in a position to run the ball constantly, and now they should overload the field after which it creates an RPO scenario. 
 
Making safeties miss is the subsequent aspect. Watching on movie, I believe Maryland does a fairly good job with that. Been a bunch of runs which have broke by means of, however the safeties have been in a position to get them on the bottom. That is the subsequent section, proper, with the ability to make that security miss, after which be capable of speed up to take it to the subsequent 50 or 60 yards down the sector. 
 
Hopefully we are able to construct on that this week from a consistency standpoint after which add among the explosive facets. 
 Q. I wished to circle again to Christian. We simply have not had a lot time to speak about him. With him being probably one snap away from getting in there final Saturday, what sort of impression has he made on you and the teaching workers over the course of this complete season behind the scenes?A: His psychological preparation with Sean, I believe, has been actually good and it is grown. Clearly once you discuss a man coming in from highschool, it’s totally totally different. So I believe he has actually adjusted nicely to that and has grown in that space considerably. 
 
I’d additionally say the Sunday scrimmages that we have had, and excuse me, I am going to return and reply one other query. We didn’t do, that is one other adjustment we made on Sunday with getting in so late. We lower out the traditional Sunday scrimmage that we do with the non-travel guys or the blokes that did not get numerous reps within the recreation. 
 
However I do suppose the scrimmages that he is been in a position to get, him and Ta’Quan on Sunday’s, has actually priceless. He is bought actually good poise, actually good arm power. 
 
Typically he tends to throw an excessive amount of simply along with his arm and would not get his decrease half integrated within the throws, however appears to have a fairly good understanding of the place to go together with the ball and why and protections, which is huge factor often for highschool guys at this degree getting adjusted to. However I believe his poise might be a factor that stands out to me essentially the most.
 
So these are most likely, after I discuss impressions, these are the issues that I’d most likely say. I believed final week with the elevated reps that he was in a position to get, I believed he did a pleasant job there as nicely. 
 
We’ll proceed to guage that scenario. Nice to have Ta’Quan again this week. Hopefully he is in a position get his full quantity of reps once more and be capable of actually consider each of these guys transferring ahead. 
 Q. You talked about Maryland vast receiver Rakim Jarrett at the beginning and the way you are impressed with him. Given among the issues he induced you guys final 12 months, are you able to speak concerning the improvement of your corners. Do you’re feeling like they’re higher ready this 12 months to perhaps restrict among the injury he can do?A: Nicely, I believe final week is a fairly good register some methods, proper. That was one of many extra explosive offenses in faculty soccer. We had the 2 explosive performs on the hitch the place we missed a deal with and type of ran away, after which the deep over-route. Clearly these two stand out. However when it comes to competing and difficult throws, I believe we have accomplished that each one 12 months lengthy.
 
Clearly, he is a very good participant and has been since highschool. In order that can be a problem. What they do offensively can be difficult after which additionally clearly what he is ready to convey to the sport. So, our guys bear in mind final 12 months. We have watched it as nicely. Then on prime of that, clearly what we have tried to do all 12 months this 12 months. Additionally with the ability to get some stress on the quarterback would assist with all these issues, too.
 



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