Every year James Franklin has been coaching at Penn State, he’s gone up against J.T. Barrett. The Ohio State quarterback got to Columbus the same year Franklin came to Happy Valley, and it appears that prolonged exposure may have warped time in the Penn State coach’s mind.
“JT Barrett has been playing at Ohio State for 16 years, if not 17,” he told reporters Tuesday.
Barrett was 28-for-43 through the air for 245 yards, 1 touchdown and zero interceptions in Ohio State’s loss to Penn State last year. After a tough start highlighted by struggles in Ohio State’s loss to Oklahoma, Barrett has been leading a terrifying offense.
Other highlights from Franklin’s weekly press conference ahead of Penn State-Ohio State this weekend:
On the environment during Penn State’s win over Michigan:
“It’s one thing to win at home in a white out, win at home with College Gameday in town. It’s another thing to do it on the road, and that’s a challenge for a program.”
Oh Ohio State’s defense:
“They’ve got so much speed and athleticism across the board. Elite defense.
“I know you guys laugh when I said I wanted to send Saquon Barley’s parents on a romantic vacation so they could have another child. Urban has obviously done that with the Bosas.”
On offensive line development:
“They’re getting better. I know everybody at the start of the season wanted each position to be hitting on all cylinders but that’s not how it works. [o-line coach] Matt Limegrover does a great job. They played really well against Michigan, but they’re going to have to do it again against Ohio State. That’s the beauty of this conference. You’re going to play high-level teams, and high-levels, and you continue to learn.”
On the media frenzy around the team, including his appearance on SportsCenter Monday night:
“Obviously it’s magnified right now but we try to stick to the same model. We try to grant the same amount of requests, especially with our local beat reporters. We try to do things nationally because we understand the importance of getting our brand out nationally… We’re trying to limit the impact on our normal day. We have a staff meeting at 7 a.m., so most of my interviews are handled before that meeting or late at night.”
On Big Ten DPOW Jason Cabinda:
“one of the more natural, charismatic leaders I’ve been around.” … He said the ESPN crew that came into town is already ready to hire him as a commentator. ESPN’s Rece Davis said last week Kirk Herbstreit has “a bit of a bromance” with Cabinda.
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