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Practice Updates - Wisconsin (B1G Championship)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head coach James Franklin and tight end Mike Gesicki took time to meet with members of the media follow Wednesday's practice at Holuba Hall during the Big Ten Championship game week. 

The Nittany Lions are set to square off against the Badgers in the upcoming Big Ten Championship game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

Check out updates from the Q&A sessions below.

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Nittany Lions Ready for Wolverines

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By Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The last time Penn State men's hockey (11-1-1) and Michigan (6-5-1) faced off was in the second round of last years' Big Ten Tournament. While the Wolverines came out victorious, the Nittany Lions were just getting started.

This season, Penn State hockey has started strong during non-conference play, racking up 11 wins out of 13 games so far. The Wolverines, who have faced teams like Union and Boston University during their non-conference schedule, have amassed six wins. 

This weekend, the Nittany Lions are set to host Michigan at Pegula Ice Arena, and it will be U-M's first visit to Hockey Valley since last January.

"They are Michigan, but they're different," head coach Guy Gadowsky said. "Last year their offense was just unbelievably explosive and they're still Michigan so they still can be." 

Gadowsky emphasized that so far this season Michigan has had the top penalty kill unit in the nation, which makes the Wolverines a daunting opponent. He also pointed out that even though their offense might not have the same strength as it did last season, Michigan's defense has stepped it's game up, which will provide a challenge for his team.

The Wolverine offensive prowess took a hit as the famed "CCM" line of Kyle Connor, JT Compher, and Tyler Motte all signed pro contracts at the end of last season.

"I'm not sure I saw a line like that in college, they were phenomenal," Gadowsky said. "They're all having success at the NHL level."

But with their top line gone, Gadowsky said Michigan is the type of team that will simply reload, and he expects the Wolverines to be a challenging opponent this weekend.

The Michigan series follows a bye week, which coincided with Thanksgiving Break. Some Nittany Lions traveled home for the holiday, while others visited teammate's homes to spend the holiday with familiar faces. However, practice picked up once again Sunday afternoon. Now the Nittany Lions are eager to make a statement after being knocked out of last years' Big Ten tournament.

"I don't think anyone on our team will or should have any difficulty preparing for Thursday," senior forward and captain David Goodwin said. "We'll be ready to go at the drop of the puck." 

While the Nittany Lions were 0-5 against the Wolverines last year, the team believes new faces like Denis Smirnov and Trevor Hamilton can help turn the tide.

Smirnov has scored nine goals, good for second on the team, as well as 13 assists. Hamilton has played in all 13 games this season, and in addition to his lone goal so far, has contributed 12 assists. Hamilton has also shown his physicality on the ice, not shying away from clean hits.

A strong point for the Nittany Lions so far this season has been goaltending. Both freshman Peyton Jones and sophomore Chris Funkey have had success between the pipes. Peyton has earned a .912 save percentage and nine wins so far this season, while Funkey has a .966 save percentage and two wins under his belt.

"That was such a big question mark for us," Gadowsky said. "We didn't have one guy who has started an NCAA game [prior to this season]. Both have been tremendous."

In regards to goaltending, Gadowsky explained that if it's not broken, they're not going to fix it. He added that Jones will start in net for the Nittany Lions on Thursday. 

Thompson's THON contribution
Following Friday's THON game, senior defenseman David Thompson will be cutting his hair at the Gate A entrance to Pegula Ice Arena. His hair is to be donated, in a similar way to the students who cut their hair on the stage during THON weekend. 

Thompson, who knew of the tradition where students cut their hair at the 100 Days Until THON event, was inspired to contribute in some fashion. After speaking with THON coordinators and Penn State Athletics' compliance office, Thompson was given the green light to make his own donation.

Thompson said that since the announcement on the Penn State men's hockey Twitter (@PennStateMHKY) that he would be cutting his hair, he has received an overwhelming amount of support from the Hockey Valley community. The defenseman said that other people who have donated their hair have approached him and told him how much this kind of donation means to children with cancer.

"I saw a way to get involved," Thompson said. "Any time that we get involved in THON or help out in any way shape or form, it's always an awesome experience for us." 

The men's hockey team has been involved in THON for years, and the Nittany Lions have their own THON child, Colton Buckley. The Nittany Lions have also made numerous appearances at the Bryce Jordan Center during THON weekend, even winning the "Athlete Hour" pep rally dance competition in 2015.


By ANNA PITINGOLO, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Sierra Moore has had her share of ups and downs in her collegiate career. In the previous four seasons, she's only played in two, but she's back on the court this year and ready to closeout her career on a high.

 

Her Penn State career started when she transferred from Duke after her freshman season in 2013. Due to NCAA transfer rules, she was required to sit out the following year.

 

When she was able to suit up for the blue and white for the first time in 2014-2015, she didn't disappoint. She was the only Lady Lion to start all 30 games, led the team in assists (116), free throws made (73), was a team tri-captain; and also earned honorable mention All-Big Ten.

 

But right before the start of her redshirt junior season in 2015, she suffered a torn ACL in practice, which would cause her to miss the entire year. But, despite missing two years so close to each other, Moore remains focused on the positives that came of it.

 

"Sitting out for two years has been really hard but also, if you think back to it, I really can take away from those two years," the now-redshirt senior said. "Just getting a different side of the game and more of a coaching perspective is really helpful for me because I can see some things that you would not necessarily see when you're on the court playing."

 

Moore has wasted no time getting back into her groove this season. She already has 30 rebounds on the year and is averaging five a game; she's also averaging 7.8 points. Head coach Coquese Washington is happy to have Moore back on both sides of the ball.

 

"She brings a lot of intensity, she brings a lot of speed to the court and she just plays so hard, so having her back in the rotation is really an added benefit," Washington said. "She's a big defender for us; she's able to guard the big guards and the small forwards. She has the experience and she plays with a lot of confidence and that confidence rubs off on her teammates so I'm really, really thrilled to have her back in uniform this year."

 

With a team that is stacked with guards, Moore has been coming off the bench in every game. But that hasn't slowed down her production or lessened her role on the team.

 

"Her being a spark for us off the bench is big," Washington said. "As a coach, it's a wonderful luxury when you can look down your bench and go 'okay, let me put this kid in because I know she's going to have an impact immediately' and that's what she's done for us so far this year. Once she takes the floor, the energy, the intensity, the speed of the game improves immediately."

 

Her teammates see that change, too. Senior Peyton Whitted knows that she and the rest of the team can count on Moore to come off the bench and change the pace and flow of the game.

 

"Sierra will automatically bring a lot of energy so that's something that she does when she comes on the floor," Whitted said. "She makes an impact in some sort of way, whether it's defensively, rebounding or just scoring out in transition, I think that she's a player that we can definitely count on off the bench to come in and make an immediate impact."

 

Moore wasn't the only Lady Lion nursing an ACL injury last season. Then-freshman Amari Carter also tore her ACL in the preseason, forcing her to miss her first year. The two formed a close bond on the sideline, with the veteran Moore helping Carter focus on recovering.

 

"We were each others cheerleaders last year, just trying to push through rehab and things like that," Carter said. "She has a lot of confidence in her game and in herself and that gave me more confidence in myself and my knee."

 

Confidence is certainly something that Moore doesn't lack, and it seems everyone has taken notice. Washington couldn't say it enough, and even with her injury, Moore's confidence hasn't wavered.

 

"What's interesting with Sierra is, sometimes when kids come off an ACL injury they're a little bit more tentative, but Sierra is Sierra. She still plays with the same ferocity that she [has always] played with," Washington said. "When I think about her game, she has a mean, aggressive game and she plays with that same aggressiveness, she plays with that same intensity and confidence that she did before she got hurt."

 

Moore and the Lady Lions will look to keep that confidence and her high level of play to finish her senior year strong.  

Reaves' Triple Propels Lions to Victory

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By Jack Dougherty, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Josh Reaves isn't exactly a 3-point shooter.

 

In his freshman season Reaves took 39 three pointers and made just three. He hadn't made one this season coming into Tuesday night's bout with Georgia Tech.

 

He couldn't have picked a better time to make his first.

 

After the Yellow Jackets pulled within two points with 2:07 to play, head coach Patrick Chambers called a timeout for Penn State to quell Georgia Tech's momentum.

 

On the possession following the stoppage, Reaves received a pass in the corner from Shep Garner with the shot clock winding down. Without hesitation Reaves fired from beyond the arc, and hit nothing but net to stretch the lead to five with 1:40 remaining.

 

"We give them the confidence to make that three at the end," Chambers said. "He made a good read and the play was a little bit broken and he shot it with confidence, which is terrific for him and his confidence moving forward."

 

"We congratulated him in the locker room because that was a huge shot," Garner said. "It is great to have him back because he brings a lot for us. I'm proud of him."

 

On Georgia Tech's next possession, Reaves made a steal on a tipped pass and finished a layup on the other end to essentially seal the game for the Nittany Lions. Penn State went on to win 67-60.

 

Reaves finished with nine points on 4-for-7 shooting and added five rebounds and four steals in 25 minutes off the bench. The sophomore guard missed the first five games this season due to injury but is starting to make an impact with his athleticism and length.

 

While he may not always fill up the scoring sheet, Reaves' presence is heavily felt on both sides of the court in a bevy of ways.

 

"Josh's length really hurt them," Chambers said. "We held Quinton Stephens to two points in the second half and for us to hold down Josh Okogie, he is a big part of that."

 

Okogie was coming off a stellar 38-point performance against Tulane, a Georgia Tech freshman record. With Reaves limiting him most of the night, Okogie shot just 5-for-21 from the floor and managed 13 points. He was averaging 19 points per game before Tuesday, which was the third highest mark in the ACC.

 

Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech's second-leading scorer, was also held in check in the game. Lammers averaged 17.6 before Tuesday but mustered just 12 points against Mike Watkins, who recorded a team-high five blocks in the game. Watkins also recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

 

"I go out there and act like no one will score more points than me," Watkins said. "It was just great that I stopped him and I brought my team up with some blocked shots."

 

Penn State held the Yellow Jackets to 36.4 percent shooting from the floor. The Lions tallied 11 steals and forced Georgia Tech into a season-high 17 turnovers on the night. They scored 24 points off those turnovers.

 

"We're doing a nice job of turning teams over," Chambers said. "We took those turnovers and put them into points and we produced, which is really important for us especially when we're not shooting well."

 

Garner led the Nittany Lions in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Freshman Lamar Stevens added 12 points, nine rebounds and a few emphatic dunks.

 

It was a closely-contested game from start to finish, as neither team ever led by more than eight points. There were nine lead changes and the score was tied six times in the game.

 

The key deciders of the contest were Penn State's 12-point advantage in points off turnovers and Reaves' first 3-pointer of the young season in a clutch spot.

 

"I'm really proud of our guys," Chambers said. "We did not shoot the ball particularly well and we still found a way. That's really encouraging."

VIDEO: Highlighting Penn State's 2016 All-Big Ten Selections

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With Big Ten Championship game preparations well underway, following the close of the conference regular season, Penn State Football saw 10 defensive or special teams Nittany Lions earn a spot on either one of three All-Big Ten teams or pick up honorable mention distinction. 

The league also honored Penn State head coach James Franklin as the Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year. For more on Franklin's award click here.

Take a quick glance at some of the Nittany Lion defensive and special teams All-Big Ten honorees.

Tyler Davis - First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches), Second Team All-Big Ten (Media)
Following a career-high performance on the road at Rutgers, Franklin noted that if there was one person he was going to name MVP, it was Davis. Quietly kicking his way through the Nittany Lion record books this season, Davis has established himself as both a consistent and clutch performer when called upon. When asked about his secret to success, Davis humbly replies with hard work and a commitment to preparation.

"It's a testament to how hard we've been working," Davis said. "Working with two different holders, our snapper, our line has been ever-changing, so I think it's really a team award for how good our field goal unit has been." 

-  Davis is ranked eighth on the Penn State single season scoring charts after a nine-point outing in the season finale against Michigan State, extending his career total to 113 points. 

- Having never even played a snap of football in high school, just one of the former soccer star's clutch performances came against Minnesota, where Davis forced overtime kicking a 40-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in regulation. In total, he kicked three field goals against the Badgers to match a then-career-high mark and move his consecutive field goal streak to 17 straight, breaking a school record for the most consecutive field goals made.

- Davis is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is presented to the top kicker in the nation annually. 

- At Rutgers, he posted a career-high four field goals, tying a season-long mark with a 40-yard field goal in the shutout victory in some of the most challenging weather conditions of the season. 

- In the rankings, Davis leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.913) and field goals per game (1.8) and ranks 11th and eight in the FBS in the two categories, respectively.

- He's currently 29-for-31 in career field goal attempts with his only two misses coming on blocks.

- Davis is a perfect 55-for-55 in extra point attempts, having secured starting place kicking duties late last season. 

Garrett Sickels - Second Team All-Big Ten (Coaches), Third Team All-Big Ten (Media)
A pivotal piece of the Penn State defensive line, defensive end Garrett Sickels has show both quickness and strength in his pursuit, leading the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and tying for a team-high mark with six sacks on the year. For Sickels, he notes the second half of this year's comeback upset victory against second-ranked Ohio State as a bit of a turning point, as he came off the bench to tally career-high marks in tackles (9), tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2.5). 

 
- Following the career-high showing against the Buckeyes, Sickels was tabbed to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week.

- He earned the same honor following the win at Indiana, where he posted 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack.

- Within Penn State's eight-game winning streak, Sickels has contributed at least a half of a tackle for loss in each of the last eight games, including a combined 4.5 sacks during the stretch.

Evan Schwan - Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches and Media)
Another key piece of the Nittany Lion defensive line is senior Evan Schwan, who has not only earned his way into the starting lineup, but also developed into a veteran leader along the way. One of 18 first time starters this season, Schwan entered the starting lineup against Kent State and has nearly never looked back. Ranked third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss on the year, Schwan is also tied with Sickels with a team-high six sacks.

- In the last eight games, Schwan has contributed at least a half of a sack in all but one game. He's also totaled three sacks across the last four games. 

- At Rutgers, Schwan sacked quarterback Gio Rescigno in the fourth quarter, forcing his first career fumble. 

- Schwan matched a career-high mark originally set against Kent State with four tackles in the win against Maryland, helping limit the then-unbeaten Terps to 14 points.

Jason Cabinda - Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches) Honorable Mention (Media)
After retuning from an injury that sidelined him for five games, Cabinda picked right up where he left off in his first game back on the field, helping the team to a comeback victory against second-ranked Ohio State. Returning as a veteran leader of the linebacker unit, Cabinda logged 13 tackles in the win against the Buckeyes, including a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss. 

- Following the standout performance against the Buckeyes, Cabinda was awarded a Helmet Sticker by College Football Final.

- Since returning against Ohio State, Cabinda is averaging 8.3 tackles per game across the last six games, with no fewer than eight in all but one outing in the stretch.

- Dating back to 2015, Cabinda has logged eight or more stops nine of his last 11 games he has played in the Blue and White.

Marcus Allen - Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches) Honorable Mention (Media)
Nittany Lion safety Marcus Allen has made tremendous contributions to the Penn State secondary as a key impact player throughout the season. Some of those notable performances include a 22-tackle performance in the overtime win against Minnesota and of course, the unforgettable Ohio State field goal attempt he blocked just in time for Grant Haley to return it 60-yards for the game-winning touchdown.

- With injuries hindering the linebacker unit, Allen stepped up for the 22-tackle performance against the Golden Gophers, registering the most tackles by a Penn State player since Paul Posluszny had 22 against Northwestern in 2005, and the most by a Big Ten Player since 2011.

- Allen also earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors following the career-high performance against Minnesota as well as Rose Bowl Game Player of the Week honors. 

-  Allen's blocked field goal against Ohio State set up what is believed to be the only time in program history a blocked field goal has been returned for a touchdown. His blocked field goal was the first since Kyle Baublitz blocked a field goal try in the quadruple overtime win against Michigan in 2013. He also posted six tackles against the Buckeyes, on the way to Co-Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors, which he shared with Haley.

All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
- Linebacker Brandon Bell
- Cornerback John Reid
- Punter Blake Gillikin
- Defensive tackle Parker Cothren

Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree
-  Long snapper Tyler Yazujian

Penn State in the Community on #PSUGivingTue

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Athletics took the community on Giving Tuesday to participate in the globally recognized event that's centered around the mission to give back to those in need. 

From Meals on Wheels to the State College Food Bank, Penn State coaches and staff members also made contributions to Toys for Tots and at Centre County Housing Transitions. Members of the Nittany Lion leadership were up bright and early this morning packaging fresh meals for an anticipated Meals on Wheels delivery later in the day. Next up, Penn State was back at the Bryce Jordan Center collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots as well as non perishable goods for the State College Food Bank and household items for an afternoon drop off at Housing Transitions.


In the later part of the day, Penn State coaches and staff took time to help prepare apartments at the Centre County Housing Transitions, before heading to the State College Food Bank
In total of 76 Penn State staff members and coaches logged nearly 100 hours of community service today, helping out in any way possible to give back to a community that has already given so much to Nittany Lion Athletics. 

To check out the full day's recap or make a donation, click here

James Franklin Named Dave McClain Coach of the Year

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - When Penn State head coach James Franklin arrived at Penn State in January 2014, he came to Happy Valley with a plan. With each passing year, Franklin has led a storied Nittany Lion team through unthinkable circumstances and challenging times, never wavering in the face of adversity.

Wednesday evening, Franklin earned the Big Ten Conference Dave McClain Coach of the Year honor, voted on by media members from around the league. Earning his first postseason conference award of his career at Penn State, the honor comes as a symbol dedication to the process and gratitude for the staff and student-athletes who have benefited from his leadership.
 

In the moments following a dominant 45-12 win against Michigan State to clinch the Big Ten East Division title and secure Penn State's first 10-win regular season since 2009, Franklin was quick to thank those around him.

"I want to thank the best coaching staff in the country," Franklin said. "We spend a lot of time together, care about one another, support one another, we're very creative and have a lot of fun. I want to thank the players - the players have been great."

While the path to Franklin's first Big Ten Coach of the Year honor has been anything but ordinary, if one thing has been the same from year one to year three, it has been a steadfast commitment to process and consistency in the same approach based on a foundation of four core values, positive attitude, work ethic, competition in everything and the willingness to sacrifice.

The first two years, steep scholarship reductions presented a unique challenge, but Penn State battled to a pair of bowl appearances following back-to-back 7-6 seasons. 

Following the 2015 season, Franklin adjusted staffing positions, most notably promoting Brent Pry to defensive coordinator, welcoming offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, who was the head coach at Fordham and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover, who served as an assistant at Minnesota. 

A 2-2 to start the 2016 season, although back at full scholarship allotment, the Nittany Lions were facing a linebacker unit riddled with injuries, unlike anything Franklin had ever seen with the Big Ten slate already underway.

Despite the circumstances, Franklin calmly addressed a room full of media members on a Tuesday afternoon in early October, going back to the process.  

"There's a process from the time we arrived to where we're going," Franklin said. "I think I see strides in people that come to practice every single day, see strides in the people that are around our program, in every aspect, the professors that come as the guest coach programs with us, the administration that's around us, at practice, in meetings, academically, athletically, socially, spiritually, the whole package, there's progress being made."

Urging the room to pause for a deep breath, Franklin offered one final statement before moving on.

"We're going to continue loving these kids," Franklin said. "We're going to continue supporting these kids. We're going to continue developing these kids, and I believe in my 22 years of experience that we're heading in the right direction and good things are going to happen if people let the process play out."

Just four days later, Penn State engineered a triumphant comeback from, defeating Minnesota 29-26 in overtime to kick off a string of eight consecutive victories, culminating in the Big Ten East Division title, securing Penn State's first conference crown since 2009.

Along the way, Penn State shocked the nation, rallying from a 14-point deficit to upset second-ranked Ohio State in front of an electric white out crowd of more than 107,000 fans.

On Saturday, as Franklin addressed the media postgame following a dominant 45-12 win against Michigan State, he again, returned to the process. 

"I think if you look at our track record, that's really who we've been," Franklin said. "We've gotten better as the season has gone on and stuck to our process. I know early on we had some other challenges and I know people like to make light of that, but this is really who we've been. We've stuck to the plan and supported one another every step of the way to keep getting better."

Whether its injuries, youth, or even a situation as unthinkable as crippling sanctions, Franklin and his staff, long standing or new, have not waivered in the face of adversity, but rather reverted to the plan as the roadmap to what's ahead.

"Coming here, it's not like I was a first time coach, it's not like our staff was the first time being together," Franklin said. "We had a plan and we believed in the plan, it was detailed, it was thorough, it was organized and it wasn't like we were just trying to take a plan from school 'x' and bring it to school 'z', we had modified it to Penn State and we believed in it. Although there were rough patches and tough times, we stuck to the plan."

For Franklin, amidst a 10-win season, a Big Ten title and a Big Ten Championship game on the horizon, there's still a long way to go. Although pleased with the progress that has been made, there's still much to do moving forward as the plan continues to unfold.

On the heels of Spartan victory, Franklin joined the Big Ten Championship game conference call Sunday afternoon, giving just a glimpse of what the recent the success has paved the way for, in terms of the next piece of a process that will ultimately take time.

"Now we have recent success that allows people, instead of talking about what Penn State was, people are now talking about what Penn State is, and that's exciting."  

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Transcript: Franklin | Transcript: Schwan | VIDEO: Schwan Q&A

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -  Penn State Football is headed to the Big Ten Championship game with a Saturday matchup against Wisconsin set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

"We are looking forward to seeing a big contingent obviously this week in Indianapolis," Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin said. "It should be fun. It should be exciting." 

Penn State is set to make its first appearance in the Big Ten Championship game, having claimed its third overall Big Ten regular season title and second divisional crown since joining the conference in 1993.

As he does weekly, Franklin recapped last weekend's 45-12 win against Michigan State before turning the focus toward Wisconsin.

Looking back at the Michigan State victory, Franklin was quick to point out that the Nittany Lions committed just one penalty, noting both focus and discipline as a key to another team win.

"The thing I'm probably most proud of is this team's focus overall, their discipline, and our chemistry," Franklin said.

With positive takeaways from offense, defense and special teams, Franklin also revealed Nittany Lion coaching staff's player of the week awards with Trace McSorley on offense, Brandon Bell and Marcus Allen splitting defense and Blake Gillikin earning special teams honors. 

Both McSorley and Bell earned a few more honors for their standout performances against the Spartans. McSorley earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor. 

Turning the focus toward the Badgers, Franklin stressed that consistency has been key for Wisconsin, which is making its fourth trip to the Big Ten Championship game in the last six years.

"What I would say about these guys is when you think in your mind or at least when I think in my mind of what a traditional Big Ten team is, that's who these guys are," Franklin said.

With a big physical presence on offense and a defense bolstered by a stout front seven and a strong linebacking unit, Franklin also made note of the Badger special teams unit. 

"The thing that really jumps out is they are solid and consistent in all phases on special teams," Franklin said.  "One of the things that they do on punt return is line up, screen move and shift their fronts. They've gotten so many people to jump off-sides by real fast screen jumping or moving guys down the line of scrimmage. It has caused everybody to jump off-sides. There's been some games it's happened multiple times." 

On the Quote Board -
-  Franklin on the matchup between Wisconsin's secondary and the Nittany Lion receivers. 

"I think the explosive plays come from Trace's mobility, when he is able to step up in the pocket and extend plays. He's also one of those quarterbacks that when he steps up in the pocket, even when he's kind of on the run, he's eyes are downfield."

"The other thing is, as good as defensive backs are all over the country, and specifically in the Big Ten, if the offensive line can protect and the quarterback can extend [the play], I don't care who you are, I think playing defensive back may be one of the most difficult positions in all of sports. You're basically doing everything that most people do backwards. It's all reactionary."

-  Franklin on the progress Ryan Bates has made. 

"I think that's probably one of the bigger stories of our season. We have always thought he was talented enough. Trust me, we got into a discussion with the staff the other day, Josh Gattis brought this up a long time ago, we've all kind of seen it and discussed it. There's some aspects of his body type that you'd say he's probably more fit for center or guard, but his feet and his athleticism and his comfort in space make him really good at tackle."

-  Schwan on the potential Wisconsin could utilize two quarterbacks.

"Throughout the entire season we've played teams that have had the same situation, where they'll put a guy in who's a bigger guy that can kind of run you over. They'll put a speed guy in to do certain jet sweeps. We'll prepare for that accordingly."

VIDEO: Wisconsin Week Player Q&A

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Football is headed to the Big Ten Championship game with a Saturday matchup against Wisconsin set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Penn State's Evan Schwan took time to preview the upcoming matchup against the Badgers, while also taking a quick look at the journey to the title game. 

Men's Hoops Gameday Live - vs. Georgia Tech (11/29/16)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's basketball is back in action returning to the Bryce Jordan Center to square off against Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Nittany Lions will don their black and pink throwback uniforms for the ESPNU matchup which tips at 7 p.m. 

Follow along with our live blog for all your in-game updates in one place and exclusive content.
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