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

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


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Opening Assertion: Summarizing some notes from the Rutgers sport, clearly, we gained the turnover battle, we gained the penalty battle, the drive/begin battle, the sack battle, and the explosive play battle. These have been positives for us. Clearly, very impactful on the sport. 
 
Once you discuss basic positives of the sport, I assumed it was a gritty tradition win. We had 63 guys play within the sport on offense or protection, not counting particular groups. In order that was an actual constructive. 
 
I assumed clearly the story of the sport is the fellows that performed by damage and performed by illness. Even when they weren’t capable of play the entire sport, guys actually tried to place the group first, sacrifice, and do what they needed to do to present us one of the best likelihood to win. 
 
Areas for progress. We have got to constantly defend our quarterback. We obtained to complete our sack alternatives on protection. The opposite areas for progress, extra turnovers on protection. We might have had three extra turnovers, pretty simply, in that sport on protection with interceptions. We have got to be extra disciplined with our penalties. I feel we’re getting higher in that space, however nonetheless penalties. The one drive that Rutgers had within the sport was prolonged by three expensive penalties that nearly led to a rating. Particularly, you recognize I am not an enormous fan of the pre-snap and post-snap penalties. They’re those for certain you bought to get fastened. To me they’re self-discipline penalties. 
 
We talked about ending blocks, straining, ending tackles, ensuring we’re wrapping. Generally we’re coming in and throwing shoulders. We have got to ensure we’re wrapping. 
Clearly, the opposite factor is it will assist us if extra guys obtained the flu shot. That is our workers and everyone concerned. I feel there’s some vaccine fatigue with every part we have been going by for 2 years. I feel our variety of flu photographs have been down this 12 months in comparison with regular. I feel that is perhaps resulting from all of the COVID vaccine conversations happening on the market. I do know there’s lots of discuss amongst our guys that they do not wish to undergo this once more. This I feel might be a motivator shifting ahead. 
 
Getting on to Michigan State. Clearly, Coach [Mel] Tucker is doing job in his second season there. Acquired lots of respect for Coach Tucker. I’ve recognized him for a very long time. I feel I may need talked about this earlier than. He and the Alabama defensive workers got here and visited us a number of years again to alternate concepts within the offseason on defensive soccer. 
 
They’ve 5 tremendous seniors, COVID tremendous seniors, this 12 months on their group. Once you discuss offensively, I feel Jay Johnson does a very nice job for them in coordinating the offense. 
 
Clearly, they have a operating again that everyone’s involved about. Then they do a very nice job of play-action go. Everyone is so targeted on stopping the operating again that they harm you with play-action go. They’ve run a bunch of flea sparkles which were profitable, big performs. Reverses, fly sweeps, quarterback retains off of zone learn, once more off of the operating again. They do a pleasant job complementing Kenneth Walker, perhaps one of the best operating again within the nation, with all these complementary performs, schemes and items. 
Jayden Reed, the receiver, has had a extremely good 12 months for them. Jalen Nailor, who had been out, the opposite receiver, No. 8, and Payton Thorne, their quarterback. These 4 guys are in all probability the fellows that bounce out to us probably the most. There’s in all probability different guys we might point out. 
 
On protection, Scottie Hazelton. Mel Tucker has a defensive background. You’ve got the mixture of Scottie and Mel on the defensive aspect of the ball. Guys that bounce out are defensive finish, No. 96, Jacub Panasiuk. We recruited him and his brother, very conversant in him and the household. No. 3, Xavier Henderson, their security. Then nook, No. 9, Ronald Williams. All these guys actually bounce out. Once more, there’s different guys we might point out, too. 
 
On particular groups, Ross Els. Once more, as a returner, Jayden Reed as a kick returner and punt returner is a man that’s clearly harmful. 
 Q. Are you going to be Penn State’s soccer coach in 2022?A: Truthful query and I get it. I hoped that I might be capable to have a dialog with you guys at this stage, however I haven’t got something new to report at the moment. Hopefully I might be. I am going to get with you guys on Wednesday. 
 
I do not imply to maintain form of shifting this factor out. Like I informed you guys earlier than, I wish to make certain after I say issues to you guys that it is fully clear and completely sincere. There’s nonetheless some shifting elements happening. However I perceive the query. Once more, I feel final time I met with you, I used to be hopeful that I might be capable to discuss to you guys about it at present in additional element. 
 Q. With respect to the flu, the place are you guys? Do you anticipate to have most of your starters again, together with Sean Clifford?A: I respect the query. I assumed I used to be going to get one other one on the final subject. I get it guys, I really do. 
 
The place we’re at proper now, as you recognize, we had large numbers on Saturday with 35 guys. Most of these guys are popping out of it and in a reasonably good place. As you’ll be able to think about, we have had a number of extra form of go into it with the flu. It is somewhat little bit of a shifting goal. 
 
I feel you talked about Sean. Sean wasn’t feeling nice on Sunday, was feeling higher on Monday, is feeling again to regular at present. I feel that is one of many guys you particularly talked about. 
 
Once more, these 35 guys that had it, we have checked out this factor, it has been usually about three days. So, most of them are both by it or popping out of it, however there was a number of extra during the last couple days that have gotten it form of late on this cycle. 
 Q. On Saturday it gave the impression of a few of the guys have been flu-related, some weren’t. The place are you at from an total availability standpoint? A: I feel this time of the 12 months, everyone is banged up, as you’ll be able to think about. Some are more healthy than others. I feel as soon as we get by this final little bit of the flu, knock on wooden, I feel we could possibly be as wholesome as we have been in a pair weeks, which might be nice. 
 
Yeah, I feel in case you have anyone particular you wish to ask about, that is nice. However I feel we have got an opportunity to be more healthy than we have been in a pair weeks. Clearly after final week, which was an excessive, however I feel you guys will get really feel for that on Wednesday while you come out to observe. I do assume a few these guys ought to all be able to go by Wednesday for certain on the newest, I hope. 
 Q. I wish to make clear, Sean leaving the sport Saturday was due to a virus scenario, not one thing else, proper?A: Sean, like I mentioned, he was not obtainable at Friday’s observe in any respect. It got here down Friday morning, occurred. Saturday, we did not know. We thought Mason Stahl was going to be the beginning quarterback within the sport as a result of we did not have Sean or [Christian] Veilleux. 
 
We really needed to create a brand new cadence Friday on the resort as a result of if Sean was going to have the ability to go, he wasn’t going to have the ability to discuss. I do not know should you return and watch, when Sean was in there at first of the sport, we have been utilizing a silent cadence with Sean in there as a result of his voice was just about shot. 
 
After the IVs, the medical doctors, trainers and all, Sean felt like he might go. However him and Caedan Wallace, each of these guys tried to go, and so they have been on IVs. They didn’t have the power and have been light-headed, weren’t actually productive. We mentioned, ‘Yeah, we’ll make a change right here’. Caedan was pulled out to maintain him. Then Sean, clearly we pulled him out as properly. 
 
They have been valiant efforts. I feel there was 14 guys that attempted to play with the virus. A few of them have been extra profitable than others. I feel everyone, a few these guys, despatched me a textual content Saturday evening. Everyone had envisioned that they have been going to be the Michael Jordan flu sport. What did Michael rating, 60 factors, performed his tail off. There was a heck of a narrative to jot down. It did not essentially play out that approach for lots of our guys that have been sick. 
 
Nonetheless, actually I do know their teammates respect the hassle that they tried to present, particularly when, once more, we felt like we solely had one quarterback obtainable for the sport. 
 Q.  The place are Mike Miranda and Curtis Jacobs at from a well being standpoint?A: We anticipate each of these guys to be again. This week, we anticipate each of these guys to be working towards this week and at present, to be sincere with you. 
 Q.  Out of your expertise, when certainly one of your group will get beat like Michigan State final week, do you’ve gotten the ear of the gamers extra so or do it’s important to construct them up emotionally and psychologically? A: Yeah, I can not get into the specifics of the way you phrased the query, however I perceive what you are saying. 
 
I feel it is difficult. As you recognize, whether or not it is a shut loss that individuals really feel like you must have gained in opposition to a extremely good opponent, or whether or not it is the alternative, it is difficult. 
 
Not solely do you’ve gotten, clearly, the frustration that you have to push by and be taught from and develop from, you have to bounce again bodily, you bought to bounce again emotionally, bounce again mentally as fast as you probably can. Then these guys are additionally getting hammered on social media, getting hammered form of out strolling round locally. So, it is difficult. There isn’t any doubt about it. Particularly groups which have excessive expectations and have excessive requirements. So, it is difficult. 
 Q. Once you went again and watched the movie on the offensive line, you had three guys on the market who actually have not performed quite a bit up to now, [Anthony] Whigan, [Bryce] Effner and [Landon] Tengwall. What did you consider the job these three guys did? Do you assume they have been capable of construct off the physicality?A: I feel we have been constructing on it every week. We’ve added an additional inside run interval. We did that about six or seven weeks again, took it out of particular person and added that. Our O line and tight ends and operating backs versus scout group, inside drill, I feel that is helped us. I feel we have gotten extra bodily, ending extra blocks, operating higher. 
 
I assumed Landon got here in as a freshman and performed very well. We have been very, more than happy and really impressed with him. Clearly, there have been lots of shifting elements that magnified it in opposition to a group that I feel performs good protection and is bodily and hard. We have been more than happy with Landon. 
 
I assumed Whigan did a pleasant job. He is been an excellent teammate. He is massive and powerful. He is form of dealt with his function in addition to you may anticipate a veteran man to do like that. I assumed he did a very nice job, was serviceable within the sport, did some actually good issues to construct on. 
 
Then Effner, somewhat bit like Whigan, he is a veteran man who has waited his flip and has accepted his function. However the truth that he performed three positions within the sport, I feel is absolutely spectacular. I feel these issues are thrilling for all three of these guys for his or her future and for our future. 
 
Clearly, the flexibleness with Effner. I feel Landon is a man that has an opportunity to be versatile as properly at each guard and deal with and probably even middle. Actually happy with these guys. It is one thing to construct on for certain with our offensive line shifting ahead. 
 Q. For many of Penn State’s soccer historical past, individuals have been led to imagine that the varsity had nearly as good of amenities as anyone on the market. What precisely would you like from Penn State’s amenities? What’s the message you’ll wish to have everyone know which might be particular issues that we have to compete three hundred and sixty five days a 12 months?A: I am going to get into that in somewhat bit extra element right here quickly. I might prefer to concentrate on Michigan State as a lot as doable. 
 
However I feel it simply aligns. I feel you guys have the power to inform this story, the media has the power to teach as a lot as anybody. 
 
I’ve mentioned it actually since I obtained right here. We’ve to compete three hundred and sixty five days a 12 months with every part. All the things issues. After we go to those different faculties and these different campuses, attempt to go see them. It is fairly simple on social media to trace children and the place they are going, what they’re doing, what they’ve, what they see. There’s universities everywhere in the nation placing out data. 
 
For us, I am at all times learning finest observe. However I feel it will be fairly simple to do. We have finished it internally. It could be fairly simple to do. There might be a time and place for me to talk on these items. However I feel it is much more highly effective if it isn’t coming from me. You guys are consultants on this discipline, as properly. 
 
There might be a time and place right here that we’ll discuss that in additional element. It actually simply comes right down to, I feel the unique assertion you made is a extremely essential one. It is about competing in each single factor three hundred and sixty five days a 12 months. That is what I feel makes soccer so thrilling and why it is so aggressive, as a result of every part issues. 
 Q. Once you have a look at what Michigan State is sweet at and what it isn’t good at defensively, lots of groups that you simply face are often in the course of the pack. Once you face a group like Michigan State that’s statistically final in passing protection, how does that influence a sport plan while you wish to be balanced with what you wish to do? A: Sure, I feel the numbers do matter. It’s a must to play your sport plan and it’s important to keep balanced as a result of I feel should you attempt to develop into one thing on Saturday that you have not been all through the season, then I feel you are going to get out of whack. Your gamers aren’t going to play with the identical confidence. You are not going to name the sport the way in which you naturally would name the sport. 
 
I feel there’s an consciousness, clearly. Your sport plan ought to be impacted by that somewhat bit, however you simply do not wish to skew too far in a single route. 
 
I feel persevering with to decide to the run sport and be balanced, not solely to have the ability to run the ball to win video games but in addition to take some strain off of the passing sport and our quarterbacks and people issues, as properly. 
 
However I do assume your level is an effective one. They’re taking a look at us and are saying what are their strengths and weaknesses and the way will we cover a few of our weaknesses and the way will we assault a few of their weaknesses? How do you reduce their strengths? You are attempting to do the identical factor. 
 
I feel that is an enormous a part of the sport. I at all times strive to have a look at that. On Monday nights, I sit down with Coach [Joe] Lorig, the particular groups coordinator, we undergo every part intimately. At the moment, I actually have a look at our particular groups in comparison with their particular groups, how will we match up, what are their strengths and what are our strengths, do they negate one another. Identical factor on protection and on offense as properly. 
 
As you recognize, some groups and a few video games simply match up higher. A few of their energy is at an space that is a weak point for you, that will get magnified on Saturdays. That is at all times an fascinating factor to have a look at throughout the week and see the way it performs out. 
 
I’ve seen you guys form of write tales on these items, as properly. There are specific opponents you match up properly in opposition to and there is sure opponents you do not as a result of their strengths could also be at a place or an space you are weak. You recognize that and also you’re attempting to do every part you probably can to perhaps not eradicate however reduce the influence of it. 
 Q. What’s your favourite Thanksgiving meals?A: Favourite Thanksgiving meals? I do not know. Type of a mixture. I am form of like I wish to mix a number of meals collectively, whether or not it is macaroni and cheese and turkey, whether or not it is black-eyed peas and collard greens. My favourite factor is good potato pie. Loads haven’t got that, they’ve pumpkin pie. That is my favourite. My spouse and daughters will make that.
 Q. As we wrap up this second season that is form of been impacted by COVID, what has the group confirmed you over the previous two years that provides you some confidence shifting ahead into subsequent season?A: Yeah, resiliency, proper? Off the sphere, on the sphere, households, private lives, academically, all these issues. It is a place that has actually excessive expectations and requirements and it ought to. We align with these, as properly. That is not simply of the fan base, that is of our gamers, that is of the coaches, all of us.
 
It is one thing that I am enthusiastic about shifting ahead as a result of it has been painful, I feel, for lots of people in school soccer, actually athletics and actually simply individuals of their on a regular basis lives. COVID has had a big impact on everyone. I do know our youngsters getting again to highschool and issues like that, it is had a big impact in each form of stroll of life.
 
I am happy with our guys, of the workers, of this neighborhood. I feel we did a reasonably good job with COVID. As you recognize, I form of bounce forwards and backwards somewhat bit with my household down south.
 
Coming right here I used to be actually happy with how the state of Pennsylvania dealt with it, the quantity of masks that you simply noticed. Should you actually look particularly in relation to Centre County, we have finished a reasonably good job of it which has allowed us to get again.
 
I do know there was lots of concern from individuals about getting again to a full stadium. I feel based mostly on attendance we’re second within the nation. I feel we have averaged 106,000 plus. There have been lots of people that questioned that, had issues about that, rightfully so.
 
We confirmed we have been all prepared to make particular person sacrifices for the better good. I do know that was nice for Penn State soccer. I do know it was nice for the college and the neighborhood as properly. I am proud and I am appreciative of what we did contained in the Lasch Constructing and out of doors as properly. Some Saturdays have been higher than others, however total, I am happy with our guys, I am happy with our college and neighborhood.
 Q. I feel all of us on this name respect what you’ve got been saying about wanting to speak extra about Michigan State, not about this different stuff. You need us to teach the individuals on what your issues are. I used to be questioning should you might give us somewhat extra assist?
A: I am joyful to form of undergo that intimately. I really assume it is essential for it to come back from others. I feel it is actually essential for that to come back from others. I feel that could possibly be media that get to journey to different locations and venues, that could possibly be from coaches on our workers which have labored at different locations that we have employed and introduced in. I feel that might be an excellent query for you guys to ask. The assistant coaches which were at different locations when you’ve gotten alternatives to get with them. I feel that might be nice for our administration to speak about, as properly. I’ve had very, very sincere conversations.
 
I feel you recognize all the way in which again to 12 months one, we have been speaking about these items. We have made nice strides. I do not need it to come back off the mistaken approach. I am very appreciative of the strides we made. There was an extended time period the place we did nothing, and it put us behind, and we have been enjoying catch-up.
 Q. We sizzling the possibility to talk with Malick (Meiga) earlier at present. What makes him a candidate to be a key contributor not only for the Michigan State sport however shifting ahead?A: He is a cool child, is not he? Yeah, massive smile on his face, so appreciative about being right here. You have a look at his physique, you are speaking about one of many taller receivers that we now have, 6’3″ plus. One of many quicker guys on our roster. He is a reputable 4.3 man, which I do not actually imagine these guys exist. He is actually labored laborious on his route operating and his ball expertise. Him and Parker Washington are finest buddies, they’re continually collectively.
 
What’s nice is that they each form of complement one another. Parker has elite, elite ball expertise, and Malick has actually improved in that space.
 
He is sensible. He works laborious. It is essential to him. I bear in mind happening the house go to, flew to Canada. Him and his brother had an condominium. The snow was like as much as right here. He was very appreciative of the chance to come back to Penn State. That hasn’t modified. He approaches that each single day. He is an excellent teammate. I feel he will be a extremely good particular groups participant.
 
I feel he has an opportunity to turn into an actual vertical risk, perhaps extra so than we have had actually in a lot of years. That is I feel one thing we’d like.
 
Clearly, Jahan has introduced that. I feel KeAndre [Lambert-Smith] can do this. Parker has proven some flashes too. I feel he has an opportunity to be an actual vertical risk up the sphere at 6’3″, 4.3 within the 40. He could make some massive performs.
 
I wasn’t pleased with him on Saturday as a result of he put his arms up and celebrated at just like the 5-yard line. In the event that they needed to, they might have thrown a flag, there would have been no landing, ball would have been again on the 20. As a lot as I used to be hugging him and telling how joyful I used to be for him, I used to be additionally telling him should you would have gotten that penalty, you may have run proper out the tunnel as a result of he would not have needed to come back again to the sideline. I am tremendous enthusiastic about him and his future.
 Q. Should you return to the unique query about teaching right here in 2022, which you deflected. Are you able to a minimum of make clear that that is your need on subsequent 12 months or is that up within the air?A: Yeah, once more, I have been requested this query a bunch. I feel I’ve mentioned and proven my dedication and my loyalty over eight years. I do not actually assume that is a query.
 
Clearly, that is rather more advanced than only a sure or no query that I get in these press conferences. I do know lots of coaches deal with it totally different. However after I communicate, I need to have the ability to communicate intimately and I need to have the ability to know precisely what is going on on.
 
You guys hold asking me these questions. It is not a easy sure or no reply. I feel I’ve displayed and confirmed my dedication and loyalty during the last eight years.
 Q. Via your expertise this 12 months of fellows that you simply introduced in by the switch portal, have you ever realized something? Has something modified when it comes to what you assume your method might be shifting ahead, particular to bringing in fifth-year guys or sixth-year guys versus guys that naturally match into the scholarship roster?A: I feel you’d like to be in a scenario; I suppose it is a totally different reply. I suppose what I might say is, I might like to be in a scenario the place I might examine the info during the last 10 years and make a extremely sturdy prediction of the place our numbers can be as a result of that is how I want to work, then be capable to say, ‘okay, we’ll save three scholarships for transfers on protection and three for offense, or perhaps 5 this 12 months, perhaps eight one 12 months’, no matter it might be.
 
The opposite laborious half is we’re recruiting at a extremely excessive degree proper now, so it is laborious to show down a extremely, actually good highschool participant, which is how I would like to construct and recruit anyway, after I do not actually know what’s essentially on the market within the portal or who’s going to.
 
It is laborious to show down one thing now who’s a extremely good participant, ready on a risk of one thing later.
 
I’ve additionally tried to remind our workers that we have to ensure that we proceed to be thorough. We’re so thorough recruiting highschool student-athletes. I do not see individuals being thorough on the school degree. There are guys transferring to different faculties from our place that nobody’s ever known as about. I do not know the way you are able to do that. You haven’t any concept what was happening on the earlier establishment.
 
We have finished a extremely good job of that. We have talked to coaches on the earlier faculties. We have talked to highschool coaches. We have talked to the children, the mother and father. We obtained the transcripts.
 
We do all these items. A few of these children, actually you hear they’ve hit the switch portal, in a day-and-a-half they’ve already dedicated to different college. I do not know the way that occurs should you’re not speaking forward of time. We have seen that actually time and time once more, which is unlawful.
 
So, for us, we could also be somewhat bit slower within the course of as a result of we’ll be thorough. However I wish to method the switch portal similar to how we method the highschool prospects and ensure we now have all the data in order that the younger man and his household, so we will make an informed choice to search out the suitable match.
 
I feel as a result of we hit on such a excessive share final 12 months within the switch portal, I do not need our workers to let their guard down and really feel like it’ll be that simple shifting ahead as a result of I do not assume it’s.
 
To reply your query particularly, I might love to have the ability to maintain a number of each single 12 months. But it surely’s simply laborious to inform. It is laborious to inform what you are going to have, particularly this 12 months with the COVID numbers.
 Q. Final week you talked about Senior Day, who was strolling wasn’t essentially indicative of plans for subsequent 12 months. One man we did not see stroll was Ji’Ayir Brown. Clearly, it is a senior, been right here for 2 years. Are you anticipating him again subsequent 12 months? In that case, what do you see as a subsequent step for him and his growth?A: I feel that is greater than a good query. I’ve not talked to Tig about how he needs to deal with this. I do not wish to make an announcement on right here that I feel is absolutely for him to do, if that is smart. I hope you respect that and perceive that.
 
Generally you guys ask me actually good questions and I do not assume I ought to reply till I’ve talked to my workers, talked to my group about it or given them a heads up.
 
We have clearly began this course of somewhat bit. We did it throughout the bye week with guys. We obtained a reasonably good really feel for what guys are in all probability going to do. However a few of these conversations are going to wish to occur proper after the season ends throughout bowl prep.
 
I feel the those that have coated us for a lot of years, they see we often put out some statements or some graphics that these guys announce what they’re doing. We’ll attempt to coordinate these issues, once more. There’s lots of issues that go into it, too.
 
The additional 12 months of eligibility impacts lots of these guys. Clearly, commencement dates are impacted by that. Then additionally clearly NFL alternatives. You are attempting to steadiness all these issues out.
 
‘I’ve one other 12 months, however does it make sense coming again, attempting to maximise my expertise at Penn State. Have I already graduated? Do I nonetheless have to graduate? What’s my NFL standing at this level and alternatives at this level?’
 
Clearly for us, one of many nice tales is all these guys that determined to come back again, all of the suggestions that we have, their draft standing has both dramatically elevated or stayed the identical, allowed them to get nearer to commencement.
 
Proper now, the mannequin is working fairly good. All these items consider. Discuss to their mother and father, discuss to them about it, clarify, give all the info and knowledge, then attempt to assist them make one of the best choice doable for them and their household.
 Q. Christian Veilleux, shocked I have never heard that identify pop up but, however the place does he stand when it comes to getting the reps on the sphere? How do you consider that with Sean Clifford being again to regular and the way that pans out on your quarterback plan at Michigan State?A: Veilleux did some actually thrilling issues that we’re enthusiastic about, wish to construct on. I feel I informed you guys he is been getting the quantity two reps in observe, was able to play. That is how will probably be once more this week. Sean will get his reps.
 
I feel I informed you guys, I assumed Sean had his finest week of observe final week earlier than getting sick. Clearly, Christian Veilluex got here in and did some nice issues and ended up being our participant of the sport on offense because the coaches vote. I feel we often put a graphic out after this press convention. That was nice to see.
 
We’ll return to the rotation that we now have had. Clearly, it is a good feeling figuring out that you’ve a man that you simply really feel has performed and performed at a excessive degree in precise sport reps, which is one thing we hadn’t had up until that time.
 



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