How James Franklin built Penn State: The defense’s Southern ties, the offense’s Keystone roots
Penn State head coach James Franklin and Penn State quarterback and Trace McSorley after the conclusion of the Big Ten Championship held at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 3, 2016. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn State’s 2017 team has the look of a serious Big Ten title contender. And that also means the Nittany Lions could be a factor in the national championship chase, depending on the outcome of some key games. James Franklin is in the early stages of his fourth year in State College and he experienced.a breakthrough last season, overcoming a rough start to upset Ohio State, vanquish Wisconsin in Indianapolis and claim the Big Ten title.
Franklin and his assistants have worked hard to add speed, size and depth to Penn State. He’s missed on some players on the recruiting trail but Franklin has also landed some big-time players. And Penn State has extended its recruiting range to land some recruits that will help the Lions win games this fall. Here is a geographical look at the makeup of PSU’s 2017 team — and coaching staff — with spring drills in the books and summer practices still almost three months out.
Before getting into the specifics of player origin, here is a general overview of the states Penn State has plucked its projected starters from:
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley throws a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Godwin during the second quarter of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on Jan. 2, 2017. Joe Hermitt | email@example.com