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Franklin previews 2014 Nittany Lions

Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 06:02 PM EDT

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State football coach James Franklin says there are "concerns" at offensive line and wide receiver as the Nittany Lions prepare for the 2014 season.

Franklin, sitting down with WJAC-TV reporter Ashley Chase, addressed Penn State's strengths and weaknesses going into his inaugural season in Happy Valley.

Offensive line depth has been the biggest question mark all offseason. The Nittany Lions graduated guard John Urschel, center Ty Howle, and tackle Gary Gilliam. Guard Miles Dieffenbach injured his knee in spring practice. Franklin will need freshmen and sophomores to play increased roles.

Franklin also addressed issues at wide receiver, where All-American Allen Robinson bolted to the NFL and Brandon Felder graduated. Richy Anderson left the team earlier this month. Sophomore Geno Lewis and Senior Matt Zanellato are the only two receivers returning with experience.

"We have depth issues," Franklin admitted. 

Franklin will need incoming freshmen DeAndre Thompkins, Chris Godwin, and Troy Apke, amongst others, to step in and contribute.

"I make the argument, if you're going to play young guys, you want to play them at wideout and corner(back)," Franklin said, alluding to Penn State's other position of concern.

Franklin added the Nittany Lions are comfortable at running back, where Zach Zwinak, Bill Belton, and Akeel Lynch return as a trio for the second straight year, and at tight end, where Jesse James and Adam Brenneman form one of the nation's most formidable pass catching duos for sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who will enter 2014 as one of the nation's top QB prospects.

"We have a good feeling (about Christian)," Franklin said. "We have to make sure we have players around him.

"It's a team game."

Franklin previews 2014 Nittany Lions


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