With most starting linebackers injured, multiple younger Nittany Lions have stepped up, emulating the “next man up” mentality that Head Coach James Franklin has worked hard to promote in his players.
True freshmen Connor McGovern (Larksville, Pa.) and Cam Brown (Burtonsville, Md.) have quickly assumed the responsibility of their elders with flying colors. Both fought hard during Michigan and have earned their spot as freshmen starters this weekend.
Scoping out the Gophers, Minnesota will definitely be a darkhorse team to watch out for. They currently have 228.3 rushing yards (PSU has 101.2), 430 total offensive yards to Penn State’s 338.5, and 56 percent on third down compared to Penn State’s 24 percent.
Penn State, however, owns four interceptions to Minnesota’s one and 237.2 passing yards to the Gophers’ 201.7.
Despite the loss last weekend, Franklin notes that the team will take a calm, deliberate approach this Saturday.
“We’re not going to overreact. We’re going to correct the mistakes. Our guys want to play well… the coaches want to play well,” said Franklin. “It’s about correcting the issues that showed up in the game on Saturday.”
Long snapper fifth year senior Ty Yazujian (Royersford, Pa.) echoed the sentiment felt by the whole team when it comes to playing a conference game at home here in Happy Valley.
“It’s always great to play in front of our fans and play in Beaver Stadium. It’s definitely a huge advantage to our team,” said Yazujian. “
Are you ready for the next home game, Happy Valley? Head to Beaver Stadium this Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.