UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Although there was no regularly scheduled press conference this week, Penn State head coach James Franklin still made a regular appearance on the Big Ten Head Coaches Teleconference.
Franklin spent time taking questions from media members, giving a glimpse into the bye week schedule as well as looking ahead to next week's assignment.
Check in on a few highlights from the Q&A session.
What a Difference a
It's been 382 days since the Nittany Lions and the Wolverines last met and it goes without saying that so much has changed within in the stretch of time. For Franklin though, the success the Nittany Lions have seen since September 24, 2016 isn't just a result of what has happened exclusively within the nearly 400-day span.
"I think it's been a slow steady process of building since we got here," Franklin said. "I think that loss obviously gave us a shot in the gut and I think everybody took a hard look in the mirror and said, what do we need to do to move forward and to take the steps that we need to take. I think that loss as well as 100 positive steps in the right direction, kind of everything just came together at the right time and then we were able to get the win against Minnesota and just keep building."
Inside the Bye Week
Franklin noted postgame at Northwestern that he was pleased with where the Nittany Lions are at, but looking forward to the opportunity to key in on academics with added time to get healthy, in addition to some extra opportunities for development.
As Franklin shared today, self scouting was the first thing the Nittany Lions dove into on Monday, spending Tuesday getting ahead on Michigan before the team returns to practice this afternoon following an off day.
"You always have to take some time to check yourself out and then get on to that next opponent," Franklin said.
A captain on the team and the leader of the Nittany Lion special teams unit, Penn State's senior Nick Scott's impact goes much further on the team than his performance on the field. When asked about his responsibilities on the team, Franklin had only positive things to say about Scott's approach.
"He has done an unbelievable job with it, he's playing more and more on defense," Franklin said. "For two years now he has had a huge impact on special teams. He's an energy guy, he brings positive energy, enthusiasm, focus. He's one of the more respected players on our team."
Penn State returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 21 hosting Michigan in its Penn State White Out game set for 7:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.