Penn State moving forward: Who are the players to watch in August?
Penn State coach James Franklin addresses his team after a 2017 spring practice session. The Lions are coming off an 11-3 season and a Big Ten championship. PennLive file photo
Penn State’s players have some time off after completing 15 spring practice sessions in April. James Franklin’s team is deep and coming off a memorable 2016 season in which the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten title. PSU must replace a few key players and there are some open positions.
Penn State tailback Saquon Barkley (26) leads his teammates during a post-practice run this spring. Barkley, a first-team All-Big Ten pick, is a Heisman Trophy candidate this season. PennLive photo
Some Lions players made a strong impression during spring, others still have some ground to make up. Yes, the Saquon Barkleys and Mike Gesickis and Marcus Allens know their roles for Penn State in the fall. But some other Lions are still defining their roles. Here are the players I’ll be watching during August practice sessions.
Penn State cornerback Zech McPhearson tackles tight end Jonathan Holland during the annual Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium on April 22, 2017. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org