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Practice Report: Michigan Week

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Oct. 18, 2017

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head coach James Franklin and defensive linemen Shareef Miller met with members of the media following practice Wednesday evening during Michigan week.

Check in for a few highlights from the pair of media sessions.

Weekly Update
Franklin noted that at this point in the week, he's pleased with the progress the Nittany Lions have made from Sunday through Wednesday.

"I felt really good about yesterday's energy and execution," Franklin said. "We've got some new things in so it wasn't as clean as you'd like it to be but that's typical on a Tuesday. I thought today, just being out here, not watching the film, I was really pleased with how we practiced." 

Bye Week Bonus
Last week's bye meant more time for Miller and the rest of the Nittany Lions to prepare for this week's Michigan assignment. With extra time to get a handle on film, Miller also got the opportunity to head home for the weekend before getting back to the grind Sunday. 

"It helps a lot to be honest with you, you can get more film in," Miller said. "A lot of us were watching film constantly so now this week, most of us kind of know what they are going to do Saturday. Having a bye week really gave us a good jump on it." 

Looking at Michigan
Describing the Michigan offense, Franklin went with Stanford-esk, Michigan State or a traditional Big Ten style of offense to describe the Wolverines. 

"They're one of those styles offenses where they're going to be multiple formation, multiple personnel groups, multiple shift and formation," Franklin said. They're going to run power, run lead, run counter."

Miller's First Penn State White Out
For Miller, his first Penn State White Out experience came in 2014, when the Nittany Lions narrowly fell short in a double overtime lossto No. 13 Ohio State. Among the rest of his visits, nothing came close to Penn State though, which prevailed by a longshot.

"That's what really sold me to come to Penn State, just the white out atmosphere," Miller said. 

Now on the field suited up in the Blue and White, it's an exciting experience that's difficult to explain.




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