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Practice Report: Ohio State Report

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Oct. 25, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head coach James Franklin and running back Saquon Barkley met with members of the media following practice Wednesday evening at the Lasch Building.

With Ohio State prep underway, Franklin noted he was pleased with the level of execution and energy in Wednesday's practice. 

Catch up on a few highlights from the media sessions.

Keeping Routine
For Franklin, regardless of what the outside chatter might be, Penn State will rely in its usual routine and stand operating procedure ahead of Saturday's matchup, allowing the Nittany Lions to keep a level head, especially faced with the magnitude of critical situations. 

"You don't change," Franklin said. "You don't overemphasize things, you keep teaching football the way you've taught football all year long. For us, we're going to stick to our routine. We've played very good, disciplined football and we're going to need to continue to do that. Everything's magnified obviously when you're on the road, but I think that's something I'm pretty proud of, how we've done so far."



Freshman Flashback
Drawing on his first experience against Ohio State, Barkley paused to look back on a game where he rushed for 194 yards on 26 carries as a true freshman for his third 100-yard rushing game of the 2015 season. 

"I was kind of in awe of being on the field with Braxton Miller and Ezekiel Elliott, obviously coming from high school watching their highlight tapes, especially Braxton," Barkley said. "What I remember from that game, obviously we lost that game, it was a blackout, Ohio State fans are amazing, the stadium is amazing but it's going to be a fun challenge for us. 

Since then, Barkley said he's a smarter player and knows both the game and the playbook much better than he did when he first stepped on to the field at Ohio Stadium. 

"I just think I've developed into an all-around player and I'm willing to do it all whether it's special teams, blocking or making the catch," Barkley said.

On the Buckeye Defense
Speed, athleticism and length were all words that Franklin used to describe Ohio State's defense.

"They're one of the more talented teams in the country, Franklin said. "They have recruited really well, they have developed really well. They're really a multiple defense, they do a lot of things and they do a lot of things well."

Allen's Leadership
When asked about how safety Marcus Allen's leadership has developed, Barkley noted that it has come through his improvement as a more vocal leader on the team. 

"Last year, he was always a lead by example type of guy but as the season went on last year and in the offseason and now, he's more vocal," Barkley said. "He's a guy who has to be vocal, he's one of the best defensive players in college football and it comes with the part. He's taken that role and accepted it and he's been doing a good job with it."

When it comes to who is the better dancer though, Barkley said he has that one on Allen.


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