UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head coach James Franklin met with members of the media Wednesday evening following practice, along with offensive lineman Andrew Nelson.
Full preparation for the upcoming Big Ten opener on the road at Iowa is now underway. The Nittany Lions and the Hawkeyes meet Saturday under the lights in Kinnick Stadium.
Franklin noted earlier this week that the Nittany Lions would be prepping for the atmosphere inside Kinnick Stadium in any way possible, especially when it comes to pumping in crowd noise and even a few unfamiliar fight songs.
"As you can see, we're working in the end zone where the speakers are," Franklin said. "I think it's louder, I know it's louder than what it is in Beaver Stadium so trying to get our guys as prepared as possible, playing the same types of music, all of those things, crowd noises and those types of things. I think we handled it pretty well, but we've also done it from the beginning of camp. We didn't wait, we've been doing this since the beginning of camp."
Per Franklin, just the music alone comes blaring typically around 97-98 decibels, with just crowd noise pumping through the speakers as high as 105 decibels. That's enough to make anyone's head hurt from time to time and Franklin noted that it's certainly not a piece of practice that coaches, staff and players are thrilled about.
"It's one of those things - you don't like conditioning," Franklin said. "You don't like morning workouts but all of these things are important for us to be prepared and be ready to go into these venues."
On The Playlist
Nelson also provided a sneak peek into Penn State's practice playlist. Among the highlight, "Throwback Thursday, Turn up Tuesday and Salsa Saturday." All playlists a pivot from what Nelson said was "all rap," in the past.