DEREK LEVARSE, (Wilkes-Barre) Times-Leader (TNS)
Published 9:31 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017
It could have simply been the frustration speaking. But shortly after struggling a second straight loss on Saturday, James Franklin delivered a warning.
“It’s going to be boring interviews any more,’’ the Penn State coach informed reporters. “You guys aren’t gonna prefer it.’’
Tuesday proved fairly the other.
As the Nittany Lions look to maneuver on from a 39-38 loss to Ohio State and a 27-24 defeat to Michigan State, Franklin and his gamers have been considerate and forthright about getting on observe for Saturday’s sport towards Rutgers.
“Our gamers haven’t forgotten how one can play and our coaches haven’t forgotten how one can coach,” stated a relaxed Franklin, who stayed even-keeled all through his weekly press convention. “We performed two actually good opponents, and we’ve misplaced by a complete of 4 factors. And we’ve bought to discover a solution to come out on high of these conditions extra usually than we’re proper now.
“And once more, that’s additionally saying that we’ve been fairly profitable general. But not as profitable as we wish to be or not as profitable that our followers need us to be. But I can badure there’s no person that’s working tougher at it than the blokes in our locker room and the coaches in our workplaces to unravel a few of these challenges and points.”
As he did after the sport on Saturday, wideout DeAndre Thompkins took duty for a dropped cross on fourth down with the Lions driving for a possible successful rating.
Michigan State took over on downs and ended up kicking a tiebreaking discipline objective on the ultimate play.
“That’s one of the those pbades as a receiver you have to catch,” Thompkins stated.
Likewise, guard Steven Gonzalez stated the offensive line has to enhance throughout the board, from defending Trace McSorley to giving Saquon Barkley room to make a play.
“It’s just our mindset and the way we approach the practice,” Gonzalez stated. “I think we just have to approach the practice today and for the rest of the week and the rest of the season of a more finishing mindset. Trying to finish every play, don’t stop until the whistle.”
Lions drop to No. 14: Penn State dropped seven spots to No. 14 within the second week of the College Football Playoff rankings, launched Tuesday evening.
The two groups proper forward of the Lions are their final two opponents as Michigan State is No. 12 and Ohio State is No. 13. Unbeaten Wisconsin leads six Big Ten groups within the rankings at No. eight. Iowa is at No. 20 and Northwestern checks in at No. 25.
Infirmary report: Though there was no agency replace on a pair of injured starters in deal with Ryan Bates and defensive finish Ryan Buchholz, the latter might be able to return regardless of needing to be carted off the sector at Ohio State.
Franklin has stated the Lions’ defensive woes the previous two weeks stem primarily from the shortage of a cross rush, with the absence of Buchholz and Torrence Brown taking part in a significant position.
“I think obviously whenever you lose two starters on the one position, that’s a challenge,” Franklin stated. “Losing (Torrence) Brown and now you lose Buchholz, that’s a problem. We can’t say we don’t miss these guys, and we don’t miss these guys — saying that will not be truthful.
“Hopefully we’ll get Buch again right here prior to later.”
Bates appeared to harm his ankle towards the Buckeyes and in addition didn’t play towards the Spartans.
“He’s handling it pretty well,” Gonzalez stated. “He’s doing what he has to do to get back as fast as he can. And we’re keeping his spirits up. But he’s doing just fine. And he’ll be back soon, hopefully. We’ll see what happens.”
More for McSorley: For the second straight week, McSorley was named a semifinalist for a nationwide honor.
McSorley was chosen as one in all 16 gamers nonetheless within the working for the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s high quarterback. He can be a semifinalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which works to the highest quarterback for accomplishments on and off the sector who’s on observe to graduate.
The redshirt junior broke the Penn State file for profession landing pbades in Saturday’s loss, tossing three to surpbad Christian Hackenberg.
Elsewhere on the trophy entrance, senior linebacker Brandon Smith is one in all 20 semifinalists for the inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award, which additionally rewards off the sector work.