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Kent State Q&A - Charles Huff

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Sept. 1, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK Pa. - Penn State special teams coordinator and running backs coach Charles Huff talked with the media to preview the season opener against Kent State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (BTN) in Beaver Stadium.

Updates from the Q&A with Coach Huff are below.

Q: Last year we talked a good bit about the punt returners and coach [Franklin] mentioned often about consistency with catching and that maybe you would use other players but you were worried about the consistency with them catching punts in games. Have you seen any marked improvement in that area in maybe some of the younger guys or other players you might use in those roles if you could rely on them more often?

Huff: We all sound like a broken record, with all the coaches telling you that having more depth and having more options and being able to have better practices. It goes back to that, having more options, having more depth. There were some guys that redshirted that caught punts in high school that we said, 'hey - this guy has shown the ability to catch some punts in high school is he a guy we give a chance,' well he's redshirting and we can't put him out there.

Also just having the pure competition back there, the group got bigger. We started to lose some of the guys we redshirted that we put in the group but now all the sudden we go from three or four options to five or six options. And the guys that we have here are a year older. A lot of the guys that played early for us like DeAndre Thompkins, did a great job for us. He had some issues in some games and put some on the ground which he has constantly worked on this summer, but if you think back, DeAndre was basically almost a true freshman. He had been here having come mid-year, but he was playing probably a little bit ahead of what he was in a perfect scenario where you would have loved him to play. He's a year older.

Gregg Garrity, he's a year older. All of those guys in situations where the circumstances demanded for them to have to be out there are now a year older and they have learned from those things and have been able to see some live game action. When the ball turns over different off a right footed punter or a left footed punter - all of those things that you gain that experience within a year with the depth, that kind of helps.

Q: One of the things we've heard Saquon Barkley talk about quite a bit and what we've seen in practice is how he kind of helps out the younger guys. Can you talk about the importance of an experienced proven guy helping some of the guys who are coming in?

Huff: It's awesome. The tough part is that you start looking around at your leaders or your experienced guys and you're talking about a true sophomore. So that's a positive and you kind of say, 'wow as young as he is and to have those skills,' I truly believe that leaders are born and it's up to the coaches to help them mature and teaching them ways to lead. But I think leaders are born and Sqauon is that type of person. And it helps - it's hard when your leaders aren't your best players. It makes it a lot easier when your leaders are your best players because then peers see more than what the coaches see. Peers see it as he's out there on the field making plays so I should probably listen to him because he's doing it right on and off the field.  Coaches see a guy that gets it and sees the big picture. So whenever you can put the two together, you can do it on the field and off the field, it helps, and Saquon has been able to do that.

He has been able to handle the tough part sometimes which is when you're trying to be a leader, it makes it tough to prepare yourself because you're always motivating someone else and you're always kind of firing someone up. He has been able to do both, which has been unbelievable. He has been able to consistently improve his game and ask questions saying, 'hey coach I want to improve at this area or why am I struggling at this area,' and he's been able to share his knowledge with the younger guys. The guys like Andre [Robinson] who haven't played yet, and Miles [Sanders], who just got here. He basically said, 'hey these are some things that helped me along the way and these are some things I didn't learn until game four, five or six that I can tell you now that will help speed up your maturation process.'

Q: I'm curious how you thought Miles Sanders looked in camp, both as a kick returner and as a back. Would you guys consider easing him in as a kick returner that way you could try and get him involved to be able to play him at some point this year? 

Huff: I think he [Sanders] looks great. Five stars are easy to see. We could send you out on the road recruiting and say, 'hey bring us back all the five stars and you could do that.' He physically looks like he could play. As you go through camp you get to see a little bit of the mental part - can he handle the playbook, is he able to translate and see blitzes and coverage? Then is he able to go to class and handle the schedule and routine - and he has done an awesome job with that so far.

Putting him back there at kick returner, it's one of those things where you want to be able to get good players on the field as much as possible and any time you can get a really good player on the field whether that's in the backfield, at wide out or at kick returner - you put yourself and you put the team in a much better position. We're looking at trying to get him those looks and returns and the running back and just getting him involved without forcing someone to do something maybe they are not ready for or that they'll kind of grow at.

As we go, we'll see if he can handle It. He has done an awesome job through camp. It will be interesting to see, a lot of those flashes that we see - hopefully it translates but there's going to be a little bit of 'wow I'm playing college football.' It's a growing, slow process and we're in a position now that we haven't been in since we've been here where we can bring those guys along slow, which in the long run I think is going to be a lot better than forcing them because of the depth issues and the numbers. We can bring them along slow and not force feed them, but give them a little bit at a time and let them be able to handle all the other things as well.

Q: When it comes to Miles Sanders - with Mark Allen, Saquon Barkley and Andre Robinson, how has he been able to fit into that group, not only on the field but off as well.

Huff: One of the good things was that Miles committed to us pretty early in the process so he got a chance to build that relationship very early. He came up for games, he came up for practices, so he got a chance to be around those guys very early. From the off the field perspective, he got a chance to get along with those guys and they got a chance to see his personality and open up to him.

When he got on the field, this summer he did an unbelievable job in the weight room so they saw the way that he worked and he earned their respect by working up to their standard. The one thing that he did not do was that he did not come in with an, 'I'm a five star, I'm the number one running back in the country get out of my way' approach, he came in and said, 'hey I want to work at the level and the standard that you guys set and I want to be accepted in that standard.' I think that helped the transition. 

Sometimes kids are highly rated and recruiting is pumping these kids up and then sometimes they get to camp and they kind of have the 'I'm the number one running back, I'm a five star' type of attitude and it rubs some players wrong. None of the guys that we have in our program had that, which makes it a lot easier for the guys to accept guys who say, 'I want to be the best but I also know that you guys work at a certain standard so I want to be able to keep up with that standard.' 

Q: With Saquon, where is he better than he was this time last year? He's talked about making little changes and becoming better at certain things and what's he like to watch film with?

Huff: I think just being a year older he's better. Just having seen some things on the field that you can't always replicate in practice. The speed of how the safety moves, the speed of how the backers blitz, some keys and tips that normal defenses have when they're blitzing and when they're not blitzing, depth of safeties. Seeing that for a year, of course, he's a year older. In high school not every defense on every team gets as extensive as they do in college so he didn't see everything but being a year older he saw that.

I think he worked his tail off this offseason at the fundamentals of the position, keeping his shoulders square, trying to eliminate some of the extra cuts, getting vertical. He worked his tail off on his pass pro, which he came out of last year and said he has got to get better. He understands the game better, the areas of the field, the importance of the down and distance and how doing something a little extra on first down may eliminate third down and all of those things that we talk about in our summer RB school to kind of help these guys understand the game on a deeper level. All of that helps.

The other part, would be just mentally being able to know our program, how our schedule works throughout the summer, throughout the spring and the winter and into the season. Watching film with him, he wants to know like the quarterback does. He wants to know the routes that the wide receivers are running and what concept they are running and why. He's always asking what's the quarterback's read on this or what's the quarterback looking at or when is he going to come to the field or the boundary. He wants to know. I preach to those guys that a smarter player is a better player. He is becoming a smarter player and a smarter play is not just, 'hey I know the plays,' but do you know the situation, what are defenses trying to do in this situation. What are the tendencies and how to do you pick up tendencies - those are some of the things we went through this summer. What coverages and what coverage based teams do and why, what's the difference between one team playing cover four and another team playing cover four and why.

This summer he really dove into that and hopefully it pays off and he'll be able to play a step faster. I tell those guys, if you can get more information before the ball snaps, you're playing much faster. When you're playing much faster you're going to put yourself in position to make bigger plays. Bigger plays lead to more yards and more yards lead to more points and everybody's happy. It makes it a lot easier if you know things before they happen.

Q: What's the punter situation with Blake Gillikin and Daniel Pasquariello?

Huff:
The first week of camp we talked to those guys and we said it's going to be a true competition. For the first two and a half weeks, you could have closed your eyes and picked a punter between Blake, Danny [Pasquariello] and [Chris] Gulla. The thing, that as it went on, was the consistency. Blake was consistent in all three phases. All the other guys had some really good, strong parts, but overall in distance, location and hang time, Blake over the course of camp, proved to be the most consistent and it wasn't a landslide.

I'd probably say the best thing that happened to our special teams this summer was signing the two youngers guys. Not from a, 'hey they are going to come in and be the starter and carry coach off the field winning a national championship,' but it was more from a pure competition standpoint.  Every day those guys were having to go out and compete and that's no different than at the running back position. We're a better running back unit because of Miles Sanders, because of Mark Allen, because of Andre, because all of those guys know when they get in the game, 'I've got to be on because there are three guys standing behind me that when they get in here, they're going to be on.' That's kind of been spread across our team, the numbers and being able to compete.

At the college level, to me and from my experience, there's only two things that motivate people in general. One is money and well, we can't pay them here. So if you go to the NFL and you want to get money, you produce. That motivates you. The second thing is competition, the true competitors in life will compete and if you put somebody beside a competitor and they are ready to race, they are going to compete and they are going to line up again until they win. Those two things are true motivators and we can't pay players. So how do we do it, we recruit competition.

The same thing at punter. Those guys had some great things and flashes of greatness during the year and there were some times they were very inconsistent. The way that we kind of improved that was to bring in guys who compete so now you've forced them to be consistent. I think those two younger guys coming in - Blake really took the punter unit and took it to a whole different level. The same thing with [Alex] Barbir with the kickers, he took it to a whole different level because now you're sitting here saying, 'If I want to play, I have to compete,' and I think that's what really happened this camp. Now of course we have to translate it. I told these guys that we have to take a short half mile walk to Beaver Stadium and do the same thing we do over here at Lasch.

VIDEO: Practice Updates - Kent State

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -  Head coach James Franklin and Nyeem Wartman-White met with the media following Wednesday's practice at the Lasch Football Complex.

Penn State is set to square off against Kent State in its 2016 season opener Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. Check in with Franklin and Wartman-White for updates from practice during game week.

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2016 Tuesday Press Conference Roundup - Kent State

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Transcript: James Franklin Transcript: Players 2016 Depth Chart VIDEO: Player Q&A with DaeSean Hamilton & Parker Cothren

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head coach James Franklin kicked off game week media availability, meeting with the media Tuesday afternoon to preview the newly released depth chart as well as the 2016 season opener against Kent State.

The Nittany Lions open the 130th season of Penn State football Saturday with a 3:30 matchup (BTN) against the Golden Flashes in Beaver Stadium. Franklin took time to meet with several media members, answering an assortment of game one related questions.

"It's amazing to me that time has flown by and we're already in week one of the season," Franklin said. "I am excited to watch the team open the season in Beaver Stadium starting at home. We've been very, very pleased with what they did this summer as well as in camp. [The team] had an excellent camp in our opinion."

Several new changes will be on display in full force Saturday afternoon, but perhaps one of the largest changes comes in the debut of quarterback Trace McSorley, who will take the reins of the offense for the first time. Nerves and jitters are no issue for McSorley though, who has been described by Franklin as "Steady Eddie."

"He's a guy that doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low," Franklin said. "He's kind of the same guy."

Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton shared the same thoughts on McSorley's calm nature ahead of the opener.

"I haven't seen any nervousness from him," Hamilton said. "Ever since he was announced as a starter, he took that role and ran with it. He's just ready to lead this team to the best of his capabilities."

Along with McSorely, Penn State fans will get a chance to see the new up-tempo style offense, engineered in large part by first year offensive coordinator Joe Moorehead.

"Joe's done a great job, not only from a schematic standpoint, but I really think just the leadership and the motivation on that side of the ball has been really helpful," Franklin said.

With a stacked group of receivers featuring starters in Hamilton, Chris Godwin and Saeed Blacknall along with a running back group led by Saquon Barkley all the pieces of the offensive puzzle are certainly present.

 

"My focus is on, let's get to the stadium and let's allow people to form opinions based on what they see," Franklin said.

 

The Nittany Lions enter 2016 with a new look on the defensive line following NFL departures. Among many changes, Parker Cothren not only moves into a starting role this year, but also a leadership role.

 

"I worked harder this year than I probably have in the past, having everyone look to me when they have questions, trying to be that guy that AJ (Austin Johnson ) and (Anthony)  Zettel were to me, to them; taking that leadership role," Cothren said.

 

Penn State will also see significant leadership from its senior class, which consisting of just 12 senior-eligible players is tied for the second-fewest in the FBS.  Among the group of seniors are captains Brian Gaia, Brandon Bell and Von Walker.

 

"Of the things that I think are interesting, you look at our three senior captains which we are very, very proud of what those guys brought to the table this summer, and the team voted for those guys," Franklin said. "It was overwhelming."

 

ON THE QUOTE BOARD
-Parker Cothren has worn his No. 41 jersey nearly his entire life across all sports he has ever played. Why No. 41?

"It actually started back in elementary school when my favorite channel on TV was 41. When asked what number I wanted to be, I said 41."

 

And that favorite channel? Cartoon Network.

 

-The first release of the depth chart featured five true freshmen who could all be called upon to make an impact in their very first season in the Blue and White. Franklin has confidence in the physical ability of his newest Nittany Lions.

 

"They are ready to play," Franklin said. "Mentally they are catching up day by day. Will Fries is a guy who has done some good things in a short period of time on campus and earned a lot of people's respect."

 

"Connor McGovern had a little bit of a head start being here for spring ball, and Michal Menet is another guy that's done some really nice things and has been able to get a lot of reps with our guys and our number one unit in practice."

 

-Making the move to the slot, DaeSean Hamilton took spent time in the offseason building strength and increasing muscle mass to adjust to bigger defenders.

 

The advantages of making the move?

 

"Just going against guys that aren't really used to covering, people that have played wide receiver or that have played outside and are finally moving inside, going against safeties, they are the more aggressive guys that are looking to come in and stop the run, especially in the Big Ten which is a run-heavy conference," Hamilton said.

 

"Then going against linebackers, as well, being able to just definitely take advantage of that mishmash because they definitely don't cover a lot, especially against wide receivers. It's really just putting my advantages to everyone else's weaknesses, so it really has played out in my favor and it's been a good move."

VIDEO: Kent State Week Player Q&As

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUSports.com talks with wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and defensive tackle Parker Cothren ahead of opening weekend against Kent State. 

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Depth Chart Released for Opener vs. Kent State

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -  Head coach James Franklin released a depth chart heading into the 2016 season opener against Kent State Tuesday morning.

The first depth chart of the fall season features a little bit of everything, from veteran returnees to new faces poised to rise to an opportunity for the very first time.  

Penn State's offense includes a host of powerful returnees with significant experience as well as newcomers who possess the potential to make an impact in the new up-tempo style offense.

Newly appointed signal caller Trace McSorley steps into a starting role for the first time in the season opener. McSorley will have no shortage of options though, with a wealth of talent returning at both receiver and running back. 

Led by Preseason All-Big Ten selection sophomore Saquon Barkley, Penn State's running back group features nothing but talent. Barkley is joined by redshirt freshman Andre Robinson, redshirt sophomore Mark Allen and true freshman Miles Sanders on the depth chart.  

On the offensive line, at least six players with starting experience are listed. Having made the move from right guard to center, senior Brian Gaia will lead in the middle, with redshirt freshman Ryan Bates at left guard and redshirt senior Derek Dowrey at right guard. Redshirt junior Brendan Mahon is listed at the top spot at left tackle with returning starter Andrew Nelson at right tackle. With 91 retuning career starts, Penn State's offensive line is the 17th most experienced in the unit in the country and second-most experienced group in the Big Ten.

Returning starter Mike Gesicki returns at tight end, with redshirt junior Tom Pancoast and redshirt freshman Jonathan Holland also included on the depth chart.  

Redshirt sophomore DaeSean Hamilton (H) and juniors Chris Godwin (X) and Saeed Blacknall (Z) are the starting receivers listed, but the Nittany Lions are stacked with potential at the position. In addition to the trio, DeAndre Thompkins, Brandon Polk, Juwan Johnson and Irvin Charles are just a few returners who could also play a role in the rotation.

Following some sizeable departures to the NFL, the Nittany Lion defensive line has reloaded with a fairly new look this year, especially in the front seven.

Junior Garrett Sickels will anchor the line as the only returning starter at defensive end. He's joined by senior Evan Schwan at the end position.  Junior Parker Cothren and redshirt freshman Kevin Givens will both take over at the tackle position, with Cothren having the most experience following a 2015 season that included 13 tackles and three multi-tackle outings.

Coming off a 2015 season cut short due to an injury, Nyeem Wartman-White returns to lead at the weak side linebacker spot, with 2015 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection Jason Cabinda at middle linebacker. Between the two, Wartman-White and Cabinda have more than 40 combined career starts. Returning veteran Brandon Bell is also listed on the top line at the strong side linebacker spot.

2015 All-Big Ten honorable mention selections Marcus Allen (free safety) and Grant Haley (cornerback) return to highlight the Nittany Lion secondary. Sophomore John Reid and (cornerback) and senior Malik Golden (strong safety) also return having each appeared in 13 games in 2015.

Junior Tyler Davis is listed as the top kicker, while true freshman Blake Gillikin is listed as the top punter. Junior Chris Gulla returns for another season as the top holder, while Tyler Yazujian also returns as the Nittany Lions' top long snapper. Redshirt sophomore Nick Scott and Barkley are listed as the top two kick returners, while senior Gregg Garrity and Thompkins will handle the punt returns.

A total of seven true freshmen are listed on the depth chart including five on offense. The complete list includes: Will Fries (LT), Michal Menet (LG), Connor McGovern (RG), Jake Zembiec (QB), Miles Sanders (RB), Blake Gillikin (P) and Alex Barbir (K). 

Penn State is set to open the 2016 season at home for the first time since 2012 Saturday, Sept. 3, welcoming Kent State for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff in Beaver Stadium.

Training Camp in 10 Questions with Christian Campbell

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What is your favorite part about training camp?
My favorite part is practice because I love playing football.

What is your least favorite part about training camp?
My least favorite part is waking up early, I'm not a morning person.

Who is your toughest match-up on the team?
My toughest matchup is Chris Godwin. He is very consistent and he plays at the next level.

What is your refueling drink of choice at training camp?
My refueling drink is a Gatorade. I sweat a lot, so you have to drink a lot of water and Gatorade.

What is the best meal at training table?
The best meal is the lamb. It's really good. We only get that on Thursdays.

What is your walk out song of choice?
"Future" by March Madness. It's my favorite song.

What do you do during your free time during training camp?
Sleep. We don't have much time to rest, so I get my sleep in when I can.

What classes are you taking during summer session?
I took English 202, it's a business writing class.

If you could move training camp to any city, what city would it be?
I would say Phenix City, Alabama, where I am from. It would bring back memories.

What is your shake of choice from the nutrition bar?
I do peaches and cream. I do that every single day.

Training Camp in 10 Questions with Brandon Bell

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What is your favorite drill?
We do this reaction drill. We break left, break right, then coach throws the ball and you have to get there in a split second.

What do you do during your free time during training camp?
Lay down, sleep as much as possible.

What is your shake of choice for the nutrition bar?
Chocolate. I'm not a big protein shake guy but when they put it out I'll drink one.

If you could move training camp to any city, what city would it be?
Maybe Honolulu.

Who is your breakout player this year?
So many guys. Honestly with this offense, I think the ball will be spread around a lot. Saquon [Barkley] would be an easy pick. DaeSean [Hamilton] has been a breakout player before, but I'll go Saeed Blacknall, I think well see a little bit more of him.

Who is your toughest match-up on the team?
I think Mike Gesicki. When he's running routes, it tough to defend him at the tight end position.

What do you think about the new locker room?
It's beautiful, it's great. The guys are pumped up, we love it. We're just grateful. I'd like to thank President Barron, Sandy Barbour and everyone that supported it. We're pumped up about it.

What is your refueling drink of choice at training camp?
Definitely some cool blue Gatorade. You have to take in water too, but after a workout out probably Gatorade.

Describe the cold tub experience at training camp?
I love it. As a young guy, you kind of hate it, but the older, you get you learn to love it. Now is easy to hop in it for 20-30 minutes.

What is the best meal at training table?
The chipotle snack we get before night practice once every few days.

VIDEO: Training Camp Practice Update - August 24

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Head coach James Franklin, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Tim Banks, quarterback Trace McSorley and linebacker Jason Cabinda addressed the media following Wednesday's practice session at the Lasch Football Complex.

Penn State opens the 2016 campaign against Kent State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, September 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Training Camp in 10 Questions with Tyler Davis

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What is your refueling drink of choice at training camp?
Gatorade, it keeps you hydrated and replenishes you with the nutrients you need. I'm a lemon lime guy.

What is your unofficial camp uniform?
I actually don't have one this year. But ugh, Dowrey has a great one, he's wearing a jean kind of cut off vest, he looks good this year.

Describe the cold tub experience at training camp?
Our hydrotherapy room is still getting renovated right now, so we just go in the old style big tubs, and we're required to do that for at least seven minutes after practice. The specialists get out earlier so we get first dibs on them.

What is the best meal at training table?
We get training table every night so, I'm a big fan of the salmon, but we have a wide selection so you can make it whatever you want each night.

What is the one item you can't live without at training camp?
A bed - you get real tired you get to bed early, it's easy to sleep.

What is your walk out song of choice?
Something by Fetty Wap or Young Thug something like that, something to get me going.

What is you least favorite drill?
I don't like the ball security drills. You get hit a lot

What classes are you taking during summer session?
I actually didn't a class this summer, I took an internship with OptionsHouse in Chicago. That's why I was only here the last part of the summer.

What is your shake of choice for the nutrition bar?
We make our own smoothies and I like to get vanilla protein powder with a little bit of peanut butter powder in there. I just like it pretty plain so those two things do it for me.

What do you think about the new locker room?
It's awesome, we were going crazy when we saw it for the first time. That place is incredible.

All Roads Lead to Happy Valley for the Galts

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By Mark Brumbaugh, Penn State Strategic Communications

Coaching college football may be a dream job for many, but long hours and moves around the country mean that living the dream often comes with difficult sacrifices, especially time spent with family.

Knowing those difficulties first-hand, Penn State Assistant Athletics Director for Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt had some concerns when his twin sons, Dwight IV and Tommy, decided follow his footsteps in the coaching profession. Little did they know, their hopes of their professional paths crossing would actually culminate at Penn State.

"Almost every home game is a family reunion now," said Dwight. "Everybody comes up; we get to see everybody. It's only three and a half hours from Maryland, so it's been great for our family and I'd like to sustain it as long as possible."

Father and sons were first united in college football at the University of Maryland, where the sons played and father was the head strength and conditioning coach. Following their playing days, the sons ended up in South Carolina, where "Deege" worked on the strength and conditioning side and Tommy worked as a graduate assistant on the football side. Dwight then joined head coach James Franklin in Vanderbilt in 2011 as the director of performance enhancement.

Deege was the first to arrive in Happy Valley in 2012, as South Carolina's head strength coach Craig Fitzgerald was tapped to fill the same role at Penn State under head coach Bill O'Brien and brought Galt with him.


"Deege had a really good situation with Fitz and the two of them started building this thing the way they wanted to build it, and did a great job," said the elder Dwight.

With not even the sons in the same place, the close-knit Galt family was as stretched as ever, with Dwight in Tennessee, Deege in Pennsylvania, Tommy in South Carolina and sisters Teri and Angie in Maryland.

"We had a grid sheet of schedules of who played who that week," said Tommy. "Now we just have to worry about one team. When my sisters go to a game, they don't have to worry about going to see this person or that person, or worst-case scenario, us versus Dad. They all can come and support us here, and it's a one-hit spot. It's close and works out well."

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The band started getting back together again following the 2013 season. O'Brien left for the Houston Texans and brought Fitzgerald with him. Dwight knew Franklin was in the running to replace O'Brien, but with nothing certain, Deege had little choice but to follow Fitzgerald to Houston. However, on the day Deege headed for the Lone Star State, Franklin accepted the Penn State job.

Deege's time in Texas lasted less than a week, as Fitzgerald, who worked with Dwight previously at Maryland, endorsed the unique opportunity for father and son to reunite. His return proved instrumental in getting his father's program running.

"Deege has been very beneficial to the entire staff, not just to me, but he had a great working knowledge of Penn State Football, Penn State Athletics, how the university works, great connections, and we were really able to get a lot of initiatives rolling faster and more efficiently because he'd been here," said Dwight.

Tommy then joined Penn State as an offensive graduate assistant prior to the 2015 season. While Tommy spends more time "upstairs" in Lasch as opposed to the weight room, all are happy to be working together.

Father could not be more proud of his sons' impact on Penn State Football.

"[Deege] is such a hard worker and he's so great with the guys," said the elder Galt. "He's one of those guys that not only has good ideas, but he can put them in place."

"As for Tommy, we have a great working relationship and it's been phenomenal having him here."

Likewise, the sons are thrilled to be working with their father, being able to use the things they have learned through their experiences with him."

"As Deege I both get older, get more experience and learn more things, we understand more about where he is coming from better," said Tommy. "He's been with Coach Franklin for a long time now and I came from two different programs that were way different than here. So me coming here and hearing from him and him hearing from us, we are able to bounce stuff off each other better. It's been huge growth for all of us in that capacity."

With little separation between work and family, the trio has not had any difficulty working together, usually later laughing off anything resembling a dispute.

"You have to understand that he's your boss and whatever he says goes," said Deege with a smile. "You can't have the same type of interactions, but it hasn't been a problem."

Working for the same team doesn't mean all three are together all of the time. Weight room and coaching schedules do not always line up, resulting in Tommy, in particular, not always being on the same schedule. However, the family was thrilled to be together on Father's Day, albeit working together for a high school football camp. Also, getting from State College down to Maryland to visit the Teri and Angie and their children is not a difficult task.

The family has indeed learned to savor the times when the stars align.

"Not everyone gets to eat Chipotle with their dad every once in a while in the middle of a work day," Tommy pointed out. "We're a few of the blessed people in this business."

So as fortunate as Penn State Football is to have the Galts, nothing can compare to how fortunate the Galts are to have each other.

 
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