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..
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The opportunity this week against Indiana and coach (Kevin) Wilson, his fourth year there at Indiana. 16 of 22 starters returning. Theyre 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 Ive known for a long time, are co-coordinators. Its his first season there. Theyve improved dramatically over the last couple of years. Theyve got nine starters returning. Theyre a three-four defense. Really big up front. I think they were starting to develop some depth as a four-three defensive line. Now theyre only playing with three defensive linemen on the field, but you look at them, theyve got 300-pounders almost three-deep.
You look, theyre a cover four defense. They do a really good job in the secondary running around. Theyre 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 were 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. Theyre averaging 274 rushing yards per game, number three in the Big Ten, and number 10 nationally. I think thats 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. Theyre a spread, no-huddle, tempo offense. The last three games theyve had 11 big plays. 10 runs, one pass for a total of 615 yards. Explosive offense. Thats what you watch them, they may go zero yards, one yard, zero yards, two yards, and then an 80-yarder. Thats kind of who theyve 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. Thats 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. Hes 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. Were looking forward to going and playing at Indiana.