UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The countdown is winding down as Penn State Football hosted its first mid-week media availability of the regular season ahead of Saturday's Akron opener at Beaver Stadium.
Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton both met with members of the media Wednesday evening for a final look at pregame preparations before game day arrives.
While Franklin noted consistency earlier this week, there's a variety of reasons he's heading into the 2017 season with confidence this year.
"I think we've had a lot of guys back who have played a lot of football for us," Franklin said. "I think because of their approach in meetings and their approach with practice and their approach off the field. I don't think it's one factor that gives a coach confidence like practice, it's so many other things."
Showing Hamler the
Hamilton noted that this training camp was a bit of an interesting experience, being a senior rooming with early enrollee wide receiver KJ Hamler for training camp.
"Camp is kind of interesting to me because I was rooming with KJ and I'm teaching him the offense, teaching him the ropes of college football and it really brought the game into a different perspective for me," Hamilton said. "Being in the game for so long, I'm probably about five or six years older than KJ, he's trying to get his feet wet, so teaching him and playing at the same time, you really get to see the game from both aspects and it just makes you that much better as a leader and player."
Franklin had tremendous praise for tight end Jonathan Holland, noting his maturity as a key component in his improvement.
"The light has really kind of gone on for him in the last year through spring ball and now this fall where he kind of gets it," Franklin said. "He's being great with his nutrition, he's being great in the weight room, he had a great offseason, he's big and strong and durable enough to get in there and mix it up in the run game and I think we've all seen, he's an athletic guy and able to make plays in the pass game."
A Motivated Man
The offseason has been abuzz with Hamilton's playmaking skills this season. With a renewed mindset following the Rose Bowl Game, he hasn't let off the gas pedal in his preparation, poised for a record-breaking season in 2017.
"I knew I wasn't going anywhere, like the NFL or anything like that so I just knew that this is my last season and I've got to make the best of it and do everything for my teammates to make sure we can do everything we can win games," Hamilton said.