STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) James Franklin has been asked a lot this week about his first senior class, which helped Penn State win 17 of its last 20 games.
The No. 13 Nittany Lions will celebrate the seniors at home on Saturday against Nebraska. Coach Franklin reminds people he didn't singlehandedly assemble this group. It includes the program's all-time leading receiver and tight end, two hard-hitting defenders and a former walk-on-turned-starter destined for medical school.
"There's still a combination of guys that were committed when I got the job," Franklin said. "And guys that were redshirt guys that had been here a year before I got here. I think that's one of the things that we were able to do in the last two years is build that relationship and rapport with those guys."