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Nittany Lions Play with Confidence in Complete Effort Against Illinois

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11449988.jpegUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State started fast and finished strong in the team's most complete performance of 2015 during Saturday's dominant 39-0 victory over Illinois in Beaver Stadium.

For eight weeks, the Nittany Lions (7-2, 4-1) showed flashes of excellent execution on both sides of the ball. On Saturday, the entire package clicked with a consistent effort from the offense and a stifling performance from the defense in the team's first shutout in Big Ten play since 2009.

"I thought we played well in all three phases," said head coach James Franklin. "I thought we took advantage of some opportunities early in the game. I thought our defense had a really good plan against their attack. We kept them one-dimensional. Overall, I thought we did some very good things."

The defensive effort was masterful on a day when Illinois did not advance further than Penn State's 40. The Illini managed just 167 yards of total offense on 70 plays (2.4 yards per play), converted 12 total first downs and punted 12 times. The Nittany Lions forced five three-and-outs and notched four sacks.

The final numbers illustrate Penn State's effectiveness on defense, but it doesn't do the performance justice. Illinois never threatened, largely because of the Lions' consistency from start to finish.

"That's a tribute to everybody who rotates through the game," linebacker Troy Reeder said. "We played a lot of guys today. And there was no let down, no matter who was in the game. That's a tribute to everybody and their preparation in a team win."

The Nittany Lions never allowed the Illini to find any rhythm in their running game. Illinois had 37 rushing yards on 27 attempts. Therefore, Illini quarterback Wes Lunt was the focal point of the Nittany Lion defense. Lunt completed 16-of-36 passes for 129 yards. Illinois did not have a passing play of more than 15 yards. Penn State had as many as six defensive backs on the field in a strong, consistent effort from the secondary until the clocked ticked to zero.

"I think everyone talks about how good our d-line is, and they made some really big plays today, but they passed almost the entire game and that secondary proved to be huge," said linebacker Jason Cabinda. "They covered guys all over the field. And I think today we proved how good our secondary can be, as well."

A big piece to Saturday's game proved to be Penn State's fast start on offense. The Nittany Lions covered 80 yards in eight plays during their second drive of the game before Christian Hackenberg found Chris Godwin for a 5-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

The Penn State defense also played a hand in the fast start. On the ensuing Illini possession, Reeder picked off Lunt for his first career interception and returned the pick 44 yards to Illinois 6. One play later, Hackenberg found Lewis for a touchdown play to give Penn State a 12-0 cushion after one quarter.

Hackenberg, who finished 21-for-29 for 266 yards and two touchdowns, started the game 10-of-11 in the first two quarters. The Nittany Lions never looked back from there.

"I thought it was really good for our team to get some points on the board, and it took the pressure off our defense," said Franklin. "We were able to play fast (from there)."

"The fast start was huge for us," Hackenberg said. "To be able to rip off a couple things early was big for the confidence. We executed as a team."

Leading 15-0 at the break, the Nittany Lions wasted little time adding to their lead in the third quarter. Koa Farmer returned the opening kick of the second half 57 yards to the Illinois 43. Hackenberg and DaeSean Hamilton combined for a pair of key third down conversions to set up the Lions with a first down at the Illinois 14.

One play later, Nittany Lion running back and special teams ace Nick Scoot took a pitch from Hackenberg and raced to his right towards edge of the field. Hackenberg curled to Scott's left on the backside of the play and found wide-open space at the Illinois 10. Scott stopped mid-stride and delivered a perfectly thrown ball to Hackenberg, who scampered into the north end zone for his first career receiving touchdown.

"I didn't know if he was going to throw it or not, but the safety kept running (away from me towards the ball)," said Hackenberg. "I knew he was going to throw it at that point. He put it up. And he put it right on me. I'm sitting there watching the ball and saying, 'just don't drop it, just don't drop it.' I didn't think that my stomach would drop like that, but it did (laughter). But everything worked out."

Scott is now 2-for-2 throwing the ball in 2015. He connected with Chris Godwin on a 32-yard trick play against San Diego State before his 14-yard touchdown toss against the Illini. Scott had no doubt in his mind that the play was going to work on Saturday.

"It worked because we practiced a couple weeks straight. I put it on a line to Hack because I saw the safety, and I was trying not to get him killed," Scott said. "But Hack is a tough guy, so he probably would have got in anyways."

The Lions added a second field goal from Tyler Davis, who went 2-for-2 on Saturday, and a pair of highlight-reel rushing touchdowns. The first came in the form of a Saquon Barkley leap over an Illinois defender. The second score featured a 20-yard jet from Mark Allen, who scored for the first time in his Nittany Lion career.

Collectively, the Nittany Lions were dominant, and they will take a great deal of momentum in to Saturday's noon kick at Northwestern (ESPNU).

"Wrapping it all up, I thought we played great," Hackenberg said. "We complemented each other well. We were able to put a lot of points on the board. Obviously, there are some things we need to go back and look at to clean up, but ultimately, we are pretty pleased with where we are at right now."

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VIDEO: One-on-One Postgame with James Franklin - Illinois

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin talks with GoPSUsports.com following Penn State's dominant 39-0 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

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VIDEO: Postgame Player Interviews - Illinois

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head inside the winning locker room to hear from several Nittany Lions, including Saquon Barkley, Jason Cabinda, Mike Gesicki, Christian Hackenberg, Troy Reeder, Nick Scott and Anthony Zettel following Penn State's dominant 39-0 victory over Illinois.

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2015 Gameday Live - Penn State vs. Illinois

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live, interactive coverage of the 2015 Penn State football season. The Nittany Lions will meet Illinois inside Beaver Stadium. Follow along for live updates from gameday.

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2015 Photo Blog - Penn State vs. Illinois

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage of the 2015 Penn State football season. The Nittany Lions will meet Illinois inside Beaver Stadium. Follow along for photos from gameday.


2015 Gameday - Nittany Lions Return Home to Face Illinois

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following two weeks on the road, Penn State returns home to face Illinois on Saturday in the penultimate home game of the 2015 season.

11441544.jpegThe Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-1) will meet the Fighting Illini (4-3, 1-2) in a 12 p.m. (ESPN2) kick inside Beaver Stadium on Halloween. Penn State carries a great deal of momentum into the game following a thrilling victory at Maryland.

We love every opportunity to play in Beaver Stadium," said head coach James Franklin. "We've had a lot of success in Beaver Stadium this season, and the fans have been a big part of that. We are looking forward to being back home after an exciting win last week."

Junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg steered the Nittany Lions to a 31-30 victory inside M&T Bank Stadium last week. Hackenberg became Penn State's all-time leader in passing yardage (7,453) and completions (608) in a 315-yard, three-touchdown effort against the Terps.

Hackenberg completed nine passes of more than 20 yards and averaged 24.2 yards per completion on his 13 completions. Wide receivers Chris Godwin, DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis each notched touchdowns of 27 or more yards in the road victory.

Defensively, Carly Nassib extended his streak of games with a sack to eight in Maryland. Nassib tallied 2.0 sacks in the victory and continues to lead the nation in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (17.5). Nassib is now just 1.5 sacks off of the program record. As a team, the Nittany Lions have 74 tackles for loss and 32 sacks on the season.

Led by interim head coach Bill Cubit, Illinois travels to Happy Valley following a 24-13 setback at Wisconsin. The Fighting Illini opened the season 4-1, but have lost two-straight before entering the weekend. Illinois opened Big Ten play with a 14-13 victory over Nebraska before a 29-20 loss at Iowa and last week's game in Madison. Additionally, Illini went 3-1 in non-conference games with victories over Kent State (52-3), Western Illinois (44-0) and Middle Tennessee (27-25). The Illini dropped a 48-14 road decision at North Carolina.

In a series that dates back to 1954, Penn State and Illinois will meet for the 23rd time on Saturday. The Nittany Lions own a 17-5 mark in the all-time series. That includes an 8-1 record in games played in Beaver Stadium. The two teams have met annually since 2005. Three of the last four meetings in the series were decided by seven points or less. Penn State is 2-1 in those games.

Saturday's game
will include celebration of all Commonwealth campuses on All-U Day. Two students from each of Penn State's 24 campuses will proudly represent their campus by carrying its banner onto the field during halftime. The game will also honor and recognize the incredible fundraising efforts of Penn State THON.

Penn State heads back on the road next week with a trip to Northwestern. The Nittany Lions and Wildcats will meet at noon (ET) in Ryan Field. Following the trip to Evanston, Penn State will have its bye week on Nov. 14.

Welcome to the gameday preview for week nine - Penn State vs. Illinois.

Pregame Reading:
What to Watch For - Penn State
1. Penn State's passing attacked thrived on big plays in the victory over Maryland. Thanks to a stellar effort from the Nittany Lion receiving corps, Christian Hackenberg averaged more than 24 yards per completion in the victory last week. Hackenberg talked with the media this week about the team's overall success in chunk plays this season and how they have impacted the offense. The Nittany Lion signal caller is averaging 14 yards per completion this season, and the Lions have tallied 27 passing plays of more than 20 yards this season. That figure equates to more than 25 percent of Hackenberg's completions this season coming on plays of 20 yards or more. Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton have combined for 15 explosive plays in eight games. The Lions are No. 8 in the nation in plays of 30 or more yards (28).

11441560.jpeg2. Penn State's defensive line play has been paramount to the team's success on defense. As the nation's leader in sacks, Carl Nassib's season has been well documented. The same can be said for tackles Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel. A guy who has quietly put together a very strong season to date is defensive end Garrett Sickels. The sophomore improves with each passing week and has been disruptive every step of the way. Sickels, who defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said this week is one of the most underrated players on the Lion defense, has made 25 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and has recovered two fumbles. Saturday's matchup in the trenches will be an interesting place to watch. Penn State is No. 1 in the nation in sacks. Illinois is No. 15 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed.

3. Redshirt freshman Joey Julius enters the game having connected on 10-of-12 field goal attempts in 2015. Julius has been perfect on kicks inside of 40 yards. His consistency on field goal attempts has helped Penn State convert 16 of its last 17 red zone visits into points. Offensive and special teams success inside the 20 will again play a big role in Saturday's outcome.

What to Watch For - Illinois
1. After facing two of the Big Ten's most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks during the last two weeks, the Lion defense will meet one of the conference's top pocket passers in Illinois' Wes Lunt. He leads the Big Ten in completion per game at 22.6, ranked fourth in the conference in passing yards per game (243.1) and is sixth in passing touchdowns (9). With just three interceptions in 276 passing attempts, Lunt is one of just seven players in the nation with more than 250 attempts and three or less interceptions.

2. Lunt's favorite target in the passing game is senior wide out Geronimo Allison. The Big Ten's leader in receptions per game (6.9), Allison is also one of just two Big Ten players to average 100 receiving yards per contest. In the Illini's last four games, Allison has 34 catches for 466 yards and two touchdowns.

3. The Illinois defense is among the nation's leaders in tackles for loss (56 for season, 8.0 TFL per game). The Illini defensive line is a big unit capable of being very disruptive, opening opportunities for the linebackers and safeties to make big plays in the backfield. Free safety Clayton Fejedelem tallied 19 stops against Wisconsin last week, and he has 74 hits on the season.

The Final Word:
Penn State first played on Oct. 31 back in 1888. Saturday's game marks the 20th game in program history that will be contested on Halloween. However, the Nittany Lions have not played on Oct. 31 since 1998 (W, 27-0 vs. Illinois). This week's game will be just the second on Halloween since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993. The Lions are 5-2-1 at home in games on Oct. 31.

With five-straight wins at home heading into this week's game, the Nittany Lions are off to their best start in Beaver Stadium since 2008. This is the fourth time Penn State has started 5-0 at home since 2000. Overall, the Nittany Lions are 270-71 in games played inside Beaver Stadium. ESPN2's live coverage of the Illinois game begins at 12 p.m. with kickoff slated for 12:01 p.m. Beth Mowins (Play-by-Play), Anthony Becht (Analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (Sideline) will call the game.

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Illinois Week Q&A - Bob Shoop

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11439817.jpegUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions return home to face Illinois on Saturday during a noon kick (ESPN2) inside Beaver Stadium.

Leading up to the contest against the Fighting Illini, defensive coordinator and safeties coach Bob Shoop talked with the media on Thursday. Take a look at a Q&A with Coach Shoop.

Q: What areas do you feel like the defense has met or exceeded your expectations and what areas are you looking for the defense to improve down the stretch?
Shoop: "Each week is a little bit of a different challenge for us. For me, one of the things that is really important is that there is a difference between playing well and playing winning football. And for the most part, this unit has done a good job of playing winning football. There are areas we need to improve upon, especially in the last couple weeks. But I'm really pleased with the group overall. Certainly, the defensive line has been exceptionally disruptive. The tackles for loss and sacks have been really good. We always talk about stopping the run, eliminating big plays and taking the ball away, and up until maybe the last couple weeks, we've done a really good job stopping the run and minimizing the run. Army doesn't really count in that respect. Where we need to improve is eliminating big plays, plays that last year were eight to 10 or 12 to 15 yards have now become 18 to 20. That is continuing to work on pursuit and tackling. We've met our tackling grade during five out of the eight weeks, but it was just the last couple weeks that we've done a poor job as it relates to tackling. I know that is something Coach (Franklin) has addressed a couple times. And I promise you that we are continuing to work to be the defense everyone wants to see by flying to the football with a bad attitude and a bad mindset and being good tacklers. We aren't the first guy to miss a tackle on Ezekiel Elliott or JT Barrett. I can promise you that. And we won't be the last. And last week, with some of the quarterback run pieces, we need to do a better job on that, as well. We have done a really good job with takeaways. I think we are averaging near the top of the Big Ten in regard to that. With the playing winning football piece, we've sat here a lot of times and said the defense played really well, but didn't end up winning the game. I thought last week was a great example of playing well when the game was on the line and stepping up in the fourth quarter with five-straight three-and-outs. We had three takeaways in the fourth quarter. We had two fourth down stops and executed exceptionally well during the clock situation. To me, I like stats and I like numbers because they tell a story and share a picture, but the story of last week's game was playing winning football and stepping up when the game was on the line. I couldn't be more proud of our guys doing that."

Q: You talk about improving some on the tackling. How do you go about doing that in the middle of the season?

Shoop: "We've had five of our games this year where we achieved our tackling grade, which is 11 or less missed tackles. We allow one per position, but it's not specifically one per (guy). We have met that. The last two weeks, certainly, we haven't tackled like any of us would want to. To me, it's about, and I think Grant Haley may have said it earlier in the week, it's about emphasizing the fundamentals and not taking anything for granted. Certainly, you can't do much live in the course of practice. But each of us as coaches during individuals does some form and fit tackling. In team drills against the scouts, it's about emphasizing a good finishing position - knees bent, chest up, eyes up - fundamental position. Sometimes I think at this point of the season it's difficult to emphasize those things because legs are worn down. People are weary. It's a grind. We are in week nine here. And we understand that's something we need to improve upon to be the type of good tackling team. It's the proper fundamentals."

Q: Can you talk about Jason Cabinda's transition at middle linebacker and how he is doing, and also about Troy Reeder?

Shoop: "I'm glad you asked that. I said in the offseason that the 'Mike' and 'Will' positions aren't a whole lot different in our scheme. They are the two more box-style backers. When Nyeem went down against Temple, on the bus ride back, Jason said put me in there, I got this. That's kind of his personality. To me, he brings some things to the table that I've seen very, very few guys have. As good of a player as Mike Hull was, Jason has some of the leadership qualities at that position - from the personality to the vocalness to the commanding his troops - that is very rare and special to us. He has emerged as a significant leader on the defensive side as a very young player. When we moved Jason inside, we had to elevate Troy and Troy is a guy who had a really good spring. When his opportunity came about, he has risen to the challenge and played at a pretty high level during his first seven career starts. Let's keep in mind here that this wasn't the plan heading into the season. We moved Jason to a position he had never played at this level. We elevated Troy, who we expected to be a backup this year. And those guys are playing at a pretty high level. They've learned some lessons the past few weeks, but I think with those two and Marcus (Allen); certainly the defensive line is a group of veterans and warriors out there, these guys are young players and the future is very bright for Penn State and the Penn State defense. Cabinda and Reeder, those guys are warriors. Marcus Allen, that guy is a warrior. They battle every single day. It's very important to them. And all they want to do is win."

Q: Unit wide, how do you think things are going with depth and development as the season has worn on?

Shoop: "Up front, the d-line is the deepest position on the team. The success they have played with this year demonstrates that. We talked about before the season that a guy like Carl Nassib could emerge. And he sure has. To me, he deserves every ounce of recognition he is getting. He continues to stay humble. He continues to work hard. He continues to prepare. We need him to play at a super high level as the season goes on. And AJ (Austin Johnson) and Zettel are doing the same. Garrett Sickels has played really well. I've watched Torrence Brown emerge and make plays at critical times. Tarow Barney and Parker Cothren have made plays. And then you get to the second level. Jason and Troy have done a great job. Brandon Bell certainly hasn't been 100 percent all year, so guys like Von Walker, Manny Bowen and Jake Cooper have stepped up emerged. And Manny continues to be a demon on special teams. We are going to try and continue and get him reps to get better. You go back to the Temple game, those two guys (Bowen and Cooper) were on the scout team on Thursday and because of a series of unfortunate things during the second quarter, those guys found themselves both in the game during the second half, maybe not full comprehending the gameplan. To watch them develop during the season has been fun. And in the back end (of the defense), too, Jordan Lucas and Allen have missed time. Troy Apke and Malik Golden have stepped up and played very well. Troy is a guy who has been a warrior on special teams. I work with Malik every day and for him to come up with the key interception at the end of the game was exciting. Christian Campbell is a guy who has played his best football the last two or three weeks. We've talked about John Reid, too. Grant Haley came up with a key interception early against Maryland. The depth is continuing to work and get better. The exciting thing to me is that a lot of that depth is young guys."

Q: How has Garrett Sickels evolved as a player for the defense?

Shoop: "Arguably one of the more underrated players on our defense and possibly in the Big Ten. He's an under the radar guy. He was highly recruited. Let's keep in mind that he was in the same class as Hack and stayed loyal to Penn State during a difficult time. You could always see the guy had talent. When we got here in the spring, it was a matter of learning the defense and functioning and executing your assignments. He's a guy who is the first one out for walkthrough every single day. He's always composed. He always has a great attitude. He embodies our core values...He's also someone who anyone who follows Penn State Football should be very proud of because as good of a player as he is, he's an even better person.

Q: Has Carl Nassib even exceeded your expectations with the way he has played this year?

Shoop: "It's hard to say he hasn't. The productivity has been off the charts. We are talking about a record setting year as far as sacks and tackles for loss and caused fumbles. He came in (to my office) in January and closed the door behind him and said, 'invest in me, I'm a good investment.' And it sure has been. He works hard. He's humble. He keeps his mouth shut. You guys have probably seen it; he doesn't enjoy all of the attention. He's kind of turned off by it. He practices hard every day. He's a great teammate. He's a guy who is going to be successful in whatever happens...What we need him to do is rush Wes Lunt this weekend and continue to build on those sacks. And what we need him to do is finish the season like he is capable of doing. And there is no reason to think he won't do it. But I can't be happier about him. I can't be more proud of him. His approach hasn't since day one. That speaks to his character."

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VIDEO: James Franklin Practice Update - Illinois Week

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin addressed the media following Wednesday's practice session at the Lasch Football Complex.

The Nittany Lions host Illinois on Saturday at 12 p.m. (ESPN2) inside Beaver Stadium. Take a look at the practice update from Illinois week.

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VIDEO: Illinois Week Player Q&As

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com talks with sophomore cornerback Grant Haley and sophomore wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton during Illinois week.

Grant Haley

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2015 Tuesday Press Conference Roundup - Illinois Week

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin talked with the media on Tuesday afternoon to preview Penn State's return to Beaver Stadium this week.

The Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-1) will meet Illinois (4-3, 1-2) on Saturday at 12 p.m. (ESPN2). Franklin reviewed Penn State's victory over Maryland in Baltimore and looked ahead to the penultimate home game of 2015.

The Lions reached win No. 6 for the season in eight weeks of action following the 31-30 triumph. The team scored its sixth victory during the 10th week of the season in 2014. Coach Franklin was proud of the team's effort and how it handled adversity during a back-and-forth game that featured seven lead changes at Maryland.

"I loved how when our defense needed our offense to respond the offense responded," said Franklin. "I loved how when our offense needed our defense to respond, they responded. Same thing with special teams. So really, really pleased with that."

Defensively, the Nittany Lions played their best when the game was on the line. Penn State forced Maryland off the field with three three-and-outs and two four-and-outs in its last five positions. The strong finish was a byproduct of the Nittany Lions being very disruptive up front. Franklin wants to see the group clean a few things up, but the Lions have a lot to build on.

"[We] played our best with the game on the line. That was really big," said Franklin. "Areas to improve, we've got to tackle better, too many missed tackles. We've got to eliminate the big plays. It's something we did a good job early in the season, hurt us here recently."

On offense, Franklin circled the explosive plays as the difference in walking off the field with a victory last week. The Lions set goals each week with the number of explosive plays - running plays of 12 yards or more and passing plays of 16 yards or more. The team exceeded its goals in Maryland.

"I think the big part of the game was explosion plays," said Franklin. "Our goal was eight, we had 10. Whenever you have that many big plays in a game, you have a good chance to win. [We had] touchdowns of 37 yards, 20 yards and 27 yards. Completions of 40 yards, 38 and 31 yards."

Looking ahead to Illinois, Franklin said the Illini boast a defensive line as impressive as anyone the team has played this season. The matchup between the Nittany Lion offensive line and the Illini front is an area the staff is circling heading into Saturday.

"They are impressive. That's going to be a real challenge for us," said Franklin. "Also, I think linebackers tackle, safety tackles really well. It's going to be a real challenge for us. We need to be great on first and second down to get to third down and manageable situations. And we need to find a way to convert them."

Penn State converted a pair of third and 13 situations into first downs at Maryland last week.

With it being the ninth week of the season without a bye, the Nittany Lions will scale back a bit on the practice field this week. Penn State will not limit the work that goes into preparing for each of the final four opponents, but when it comes to the amount of hitting and activities on the field, things will modified to keep the team fresh come Saturdays.

"That was something I actually told them in the locker room right after the game that we were going to modify some things this week," said Franklin. "So I just think it's the right thing to do. It's hard because the old school coaching just wants to say we're going to go out and grind it out. We still need work. We need more physical up front, pad work and all that kind of stuff. But the other thing is you've got to get to the game as healthy as you possibly can. It's a game that people get worn down physically and mentally, so there's a time and a place."

The Nittany Lions will practice in pads on Tuesday and Wednesday before the final game week session on Thursday. Saturday's game inside Beaver Stadium will kick at 12 p.m. on ESPN2.

Press Conference Notes:
- Coach Franklin announced that the internal players of the week for the Maryland game were as follows:
Offense - Wide Receivers
Defense - Defensive Backs
Special Teams - Jordan Lucas

- The teams will be greeted by a brand new playing surface on Saturday. New sod was installed inside Beaver Stadium beginning on Oct. 14, marking the first time in 10 years that the grass had been replaced.

"Our turf management people are the best in the country. They take a lot of pride in it, just as much pride as we all take in our jobs, and felt like it needed to be replaced. They felt like it needed to be done, and obviously they felt like the turnaround amount of time was enough. So I got all the faith in the world that this field will be in great shape come Saturday."

- Coach Franklin on the team's kicking:

"I could see at some point this year even maybe this weekend where one of them handle just the kickoff duties and the other one handle just the field goal duties, just because we've got two guys that we think can do it. And especially considering Joey's (Julius) still a redshirt freshman. That's one less thing that we can worry about. And now each guy can focus on really maximizing their impact in that area and really working on their craft because right now we are a little inconsistent."

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