Penn State coach James Franklin responds to boos from fans after injuries
Posted On October 14, 2021
Penn State head coach James Franklin met the media on Wednesday after practice, with many question marks surrounding the status of some key players.
Franklin did not provide an exact update on the status of quarterback Sean Clifford, who left last Saturday’s game in the second quarter and did not return.
He did, however, mention that defensive tackle PJ Mustipher is out for the year after sustaining an injury early in last Saturday’s game against Iowa.
Franklin explained that he won’t go into injury details other than when a player has finished for the year. So while Mustipher is finished for the season, it is assumed that Clifford’s injury does not end the season.
“[Clifford’s] do whatever he can to get back as soon as he can, “Franklin said. What he’s dealing with is not uncommon as a quarterback.”
Quarterbacks Ta’Quan Roberson and Christian Veilleux divided the reps in training this week, according to Franklin. He said it will be a “competitive” situation.
Franklin also addressed the idea that Penn State players faked injuries to slow momentum. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz addressed the uncertainty this week, saying there were legitimate injuries, but others said “Our fans are not stupid” and they are “smelled of the rat”.
“How does this strategy make sense against a small team? Franklin said. “People use this strategy to slow people down, with offenses and tempo spread. [Iowa] snuggle up. So this strategy doesn’t make sense in this situation. ”
Franklin added that there were a lot of players who did not return to the game, and the players who fell were some of the best players on that side of the ball.
“Put yourself in a parent’s shoes,” Franklin said. “Your son is on the pitch with an injury and the stadium hoots them… Is it good for college football?”
Penn State is on vacation this week and will resume operations on October 10. 23 at home against Illinois, kick off at noon ET.