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Penn State Head Coach James Franklin: What They're Saying

Penn State officially announced James Franklin as the next head coach of the football program on Saturday. Franklin was very impressive in his press conference, showing a passion and enthusiasm for the job he now has to do. Franklin is already a proven coach with an impressive resume. Below are some quotes about Coach Franklin from people who have crossed paths with him in the past.


Denny Douds- East Stroudsburg Head Coach:

“He was an outstanding player, has been an outstanding coach and I think he will do an outstanding job at Penn State. It will be exciting to watch him take on this new challenge and meet it with the enthusiasm and passion that he always does. James is the type of individual who has a great passion for the game of football. He has goals and aspirations. He is enthusiastic and has an outstanding work ethic. He applied those attributes as a player and has applied them t his coaching and that is why he has been able to have so much success everywhere he has been. He is an outstanding communicator and that parlays into being a great recruiter. He was one of the nation’s top recruiters when he was at Maryland, continued that at Vanderbilt and will surely bring that to Penn State. He will bring as much enthusiasm and passion for Penn State as the fan base does.”


Kirk Herbstreit- ESPN/ABC Analyst:

“James Franklin is a proven commodity as a head coach with all his accomplishments at Vanderbilt. His leadership, integrity and competitive spirit make him a perfect fit for Penn State.”


Donald Driver – Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver:

“First, let me take this time to congratulate my good friend, James Franklin, on becoming the new head coach at Penn State. It was an honor to have his as a coach. He brings out the passion and the love for the game in everyone. He is a leader, he knows how to win, and he brings a relentless work ethic. He is a tremendous motivator on and off the field. I know he’ll do an amazing job and be an asset to the Penn State campus, community and football program. Good Luck coach Franklin.”


Debbie Yow- former Maryland Athletics Director:

“Over a period of 17 years, I have admired the ability of Coach Franklin to connect respectfully with his players, their families and university stakeholders. Congratulations to Penn State for hiring a terrific football coach and man of excellent character, who will also be an effective ambassador or the entire university.”


Josh Freeman- Minnesota Vikings Quarterback, former Kansas State Quarterback:

“Coach has meant so much to me, both on and off the field. One of the best things that ever happened to me was getting to work with Coach Franklin. I was very raw, and needed development in really every area. Coach taught me proper footwork, how to better understand pass routes and schemes, just how to play the position. Truly, to this day, my fundamental foundation as a quarterback came from the time with him.”


Clearly, many people have great things about Coach Franklin. Penn State fans should be excited for the future.

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