Here's what James Franklin said before Penn State's Top 25 matchup vs. Auburn

266 08/11/2021

Tyler Fangman | 7 days ago

Penn State is getting set for a massive showdown this weekend with the No.22 Auburn Tigers.

The Nittany Lions are 2-0 after wins against Wisconsin and Ball State. This weekends' game is the annual White Out Game for Penn State.

Head coach James Franklin spoke to the media today ahead of the game with the Tigers.

Franklin opened the press conference with sad news about a former Nittany Lion daughter being shot and killed.

Penn State coach James Franklin opens his Tuesday news conference with a message to Brandon Short: "I would like to just send a message out to Brandon Short and his family, and pass along our love and support, and thoughts and prayers, for him and his family." https://t.co/idwKAGAAlO

- Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) September 14, 2021

James Franklin talked about the play of Auburn QB Bo Nix.

James Franklin says Auburn quarterback Bo Nix "does a lot of things well, he's athletic, extends plays. I've been impressed with him."

- Daniel Gallen (@danieljtgallen) September 14, 2021

Franklin talked about how much respect he has for coach Bryan Harsin and the Auburn program.

Penn State HC James Franklin: "Obviously we're excited about the opportunity. I've got a lot of respect for Auburn University... I've known Coach Harsin for years. I have a lot of respect for him."

- Christian Clemente (@CClemente__) September 14, 2021

Franklin talked about how big of a weekend this is for recruiting and how special Happy Valley can be.

James Franklin is asked about the importance of the recruiting weekend: "This is a special place, but it is something that you have to come and see for yourself. ... This White Out game, year in and year out, goes a way toward shaping our future."

- Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 14, 2021

There have been many rumors suggesting that James Franklin would be a good fit for the now vacant USC job as head coach Clay Helton was let go yesterday afternoon.

Franklin addressed the issue here.

#PennState coach James Franklin on being mentioned for the USC job, "I can't stand any form of distraction." Says he will discuss the situation with PSU's leadership council and try to keep focus on upcoming game against Auburn.

- Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 14, 2021

#PennState coach James Franklin on being mentioned for the USC job, "I can't stand any form of distraction." Says he will discuss the situation with PSU's leadership council and try to keep focus on upcoming game against Auburn.

- Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 14, 2021

Here is the rest of what Franklin said in today's press conference:

James Franklin says offensive ball security and defensive turnovers have been big so far, "We want that to continue."

- Elton Hayes (@EHDC12) September 14, 2021

After last week this is no surprise, but James Franklin just said Eric Wilson is Penn State's starting left guard. Anthony Whigan and Wilson rotated at the start of the Wisconsin game, but Wilson played a majority of the snaps against Ball State.

- Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) September 14, 2021

Franklin on KeAndre Lambert-Smith: "I'm really pleased with KeAndre. I think you guys have seen some flashes early in the season. I think that will continue to grow."

Thinks his role will continue to grow, and that he'll have a great career here.

- David Eckert (@davideckert98) September 14, 2021

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