James Franklin addresses 1st absence of Penn State starter


When Penn State hit the ground for its 2020 season opener against Indiana, an offensive starter was absent from the action – and in the event of special need. Redshirt junior Cam Sullivan-Brown, Who earned the first team job to come out of training camp, wore uniforms and active clothing during the uniform warm-up but sidelined the entire competition.

Following a disclosure from the Nittany Lions coach on Tuesday James franklin That one player was excluded from that matchup due to a false-positive COVID-19 test, sparking speculation that Sullivan-Brown might fit the description. However, his involvement with teammates and staff members during Saturday was not acceptable, so the theory was nothing more than a careless guess, which Franklin confirmed after Wednesday evening’s practice session.

“What I can tell you is [Sullivan-Brown’s game absence] COVID was not related, “he said.” But he had an issue that put him in a position where he was not only able to start, but did not play last week. So we’ll see where he is this week. “

6-foot, 191-pound St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, MD.) High School Product was listed with junior Jahan dotson And anew Parker washington The lineup was introduced last Tuesday at an early Penn State.

“That was a really strong summer,” Franklin said. “He earned that starting position and was excited about what he was going to do. Then, during the week, we had an issue and he wasn’t able to leave.”

Franklin did not mention anything else, wondering if it was injury-related or something. Unfortunately, Sullivan-Brown’s track record is fraught with medical obstacles.

“He’s worked really hard. He put his time in,” Franklin said. “In her past, she’s kind of had a history of injuries that set her back. As you know, we don’t talk about a whole. But she was really a great child. One of a kind. Discussion was going on. About that. ”

After being redefined as a true fresher in 2017, Sullivan-Brown resumed his first college reception against Michigan State in Week Six of the 2018 season, from seven yards out. He caught a pair for 33 yards at Indiana the following week, then recorded just one more reception (nine yards catch vs. Wisconsin) in the final six games.

Sullivan-Brown saw action in all 13 contests, coming in as a redshirt freshman, making his only collegiate start to the Rutgers. After the 2018 season, he entered the NCAA transfer portal to explore other prospects, but eventually opted to remain at Penn State.

Sullivan-Browne was hampered by injury issues in 2019, and was limited to four games. His final appearance in a late September match in Maryland was a career-best five receptions for 35 yards.

During three years on the Nittany Lions roster, Sullivan-Brown owns 12 catches for 105 yards. Entering the season, overall college receptions finished second among Penn State positional piers, leaving only Doughton behind.

Against Indiana, the Nittany Lions’ first offensive appearance actually saw six offensive linemen, including a redshirt freshman Kedan Wallace Right tackle and senior Will fry Lined up in the opposite direction as a tight end. Second team receiver Daniel george, In a redshirt soporum, renewed action took place Cayandre Lambert Was also involved.

Cam Sullivan-Brown The final game was not available, but I’m very excited to see what he’s going to do, “Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford Said on Wednesday.

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