Penn State Practice Clips: Return Men

Check out some of the young Lions who are returning kicks and punts in practice.


Penn State's kick and punt return games weren't necessarily bad last season, ranking seventh and 10th in the 14-team Big Ten, respectively.

But they weren't exactly good, either. The Lions averaged 20.9 yards per kickoff return and 6.8 yards per punt return, did not have any return longer than 44 yards and did not reach the end zone on a special teams return.

This fall, James Franklin's squad should have more athleticism in the return game, thanks in large part to a handful of speedy redshirt and true freshman.

We spotted some of them working out at practice Thursday, as the Nittany Lions took to the field for the first time this season.

Please note not EVERY player working the return game is featured here. But we do include glimpses of youngsters like Koa Farmer (yep, the linebacker), Nick Scott, Saquon Barkley, DeAndre Thompkins and Brandon Polk.

The players catching the balls normally were returning kickoffs (note we do not have footage of 2014 return man Grant Haley, who was working out with this group). The guys fielding footballs while holding two footballs (it sounds weird, but check it out) were returning punts.

Stay tuned for more from practice and Media Day throughout the weekend.


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