James Franklin Breaks Down the Hoosiers

The Nittany Lion coach gives a comprehensive scouting report of Indiana. Penn State will be in Bloomington Saturday.


Every Tuesday at his weekly press conference, Penn State coach James Franklin gives a detailed report on the Nittany Lions’ next opponent. Check out what he had to say about this week's foe, Indiana, in the video above..


Transcript Courtesy ASAP Sports

The opportunity this week against Indiana and coach (Kevin) Wilson, his fourth year there at Indiana. 16 of 22 starters returning. They’re 3-5, currently right now. If you compare statistics, the turnover margin, we have the advantage. Penalties per game, we have the advantage. Total offense, they have the advantage. Total defense, we have the advantage. Scoring offense, they have the advantage. Scoring defense, we have the advantage.

Their defense, Brian Knorr, who we know very well, and then William Inge, who I’ve known for a long time, are co-coordinators. It’s his first season there. They’ve improved dramatically over the last couple of years. They’ve got nine starters returning. They’re a three-four defense. Really big up front. I think they were starting to develop some depth as a four-three defensive line. Now they’re only playing with three defensive linemen on the field, but you look at them, they’ve got 300-pounders almost three-deep.

You look, they’re a cover four defense. They do a really good job in the secondary running around. They’re a multiple pressure defense. Guys that jump out to us as No. 2, T.J. Simmons, the linebacker; free safety number 4, Antonio Allen who we’re familiar with, we had recruited him; and then D tackle, number 95, Bobby Richardson. Those guys are making plays for them.

On offense, Kevin Johns is their offensive coordinator, and Greg Frey is the co-offensive coordinator. This is his first season, Coach Johns as the offensive coordinator with that title. They’re averaging 274 rushing yards per game, number three in the Big Ten, and number 10 nationally. I think that’s what this game is really about. Our rush defense versus their running back, who is leading the country in rushing right now.

They return seven starters. They’re a spread, no-huddle, tempo offense. The last three games they’ve had 11 big plays. 10 runs, one pass for a total of 615 yards. Explosive offense. That’s what you watch them, they may go zero yards, one yard, zero yards, two yards, and then an 80-yarder. That’s kind of who they’ve been.

Tevin Coleman is the guy, running back, No. 6, 6-1, 210 pounds, and they have a really fast slot receiver as well as specialist, Shane Wynn, No. 1. That’s kind of who they are on special teams as well. Shane Wynn is their punt returner and kick returner. Their kicker has a really strong leg. He’s made a 58-yard field goal this year, and that is 21 touchbacks.

So it should be interesting. It should be fun. It should be exciting. We’re looking forward to going and playing at Indiana.


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