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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion football team welcomed the media to Holuba Hall and the Beaver Stadium Media Room on Saturday afternoon for Pinstripe Bowl Media Day.
The Lions practiced in the morning for the final time before final exams begin on Monday. Members of the media attended the final portion of Saturday's practice before a series of press conferences featuring head coach James Franklin, the coordinators and a host of players.
Take a look at some of the highlights from Pinstripe Bowl Media Day in Happy Valley.
Breaking Down Bowl Practice
The Nittany Lions finished off three-straight days of bowl practices on Saturday, and now the group is at a transition phase between development and game preparations. The early portion of the extra practice period was invaluable for the young Nittany Lions who have spent the season on the scout team. The extra time on the field enabled the coaching staff to give a significant number of players more reps.
"I think they've been very productive," Franklin said. "It's great to see these guys that have been on scout team basically for the entire year to now getting some legitimate reps in practice...The way I kind of look at this period before we get into the specific bowl prep, it's 50-50. It's 50 percent concluding the end of last season, and it's 50 percent getting a head start on spring ball is kind of the way we look at it."
The coaching staff has broken down the film of Boston College during the practice and recruiting period. The next step is for the staff to begin installing the gameplan on the field with the players.
"Right now we're in program development, which is really like a spring ball-type mentality, where we're going good-against-good in practice and letting the young guys get reps as well, guys that have been red‑shirting," Franklin said. "So we'll flip the switch and start working on those guys about a week and a half out."
Players and Coaches Eager to Compete in Yankee Stadium
Few places in the sporting world carry the prestige of Yankee Stadium. While it is a relatively new venue, the history behind the location, original structure and Yankee organization presents the Nittany Lion players and coaches with a unique opportunity. Not many people can say they've had the chance to be a part of a game on the field at Yankee Stadium. The players and coaches are thrilled with the opportunity, but perhaps none more than baseball fanatic and defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.
This is a real thrill. I'm a big baseball fan," Franklin said. "The opportunity for us to play in Yankee Stadium is pretty cool. I think that's really. Anybody who knows [me], knows I played baseball in college. I dreamed some day I might be playing centerfield or pitching in Yankee Stadium some day. But I'll take this one. This is good."
New York Experience
It's been quite a 2014 for the Nittany Lion players. Opening the year with five days in Ireland and now closing the season with a week in New York City, the players are grateful for the opportunity to experience the city during the holiday season. Bowl games are designed to be a reward for the teams who participate, and the Pinstripe Bowl will enable the team to see a number of different areas in New York while Penn State preps to play Boston College. From Times Square to the 9/11 Memorial, the Nittany Lions are looking ahead to a week in the Big Apple.
"I've never actually been to New York before, so I think the whole experience will be great," wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton said. "I had never been to Ireland and I haven't been to New York, so football is able to take me to those places. I'm really grateful to have it."
"It's going to be awesome. New York City is an awesome place," senior Miles Dieffenbach said. "Yankee Stadium, you couldn't ask for a better venue to play at."
The Nittany Lions will shift focus towards a strong academic finish to the semester. Penn State begins finals week on Monday. The team will resume bowl practice next weekend before getting set to travel on Dec. 22. The Lions will arrive in Manhattan during the evening of Dec. 22 before kicking off practice in New York on Dec. 23.
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