Penn State’s football program is seeing some signifcant turnover as it readies for the 2019 season, most notably the departure of quarterback Trace McSorley.
Following up a record-setting quarterback is one among many questions that the Nittany Lions hope to begin answering, as the squad began its spring practice session on Wednesday.
The team has seen big names arrive and leave the program, but what can’t be taken away is the team’s continued success over the past few seasons.
The 2018 season did not end well, nor did the beginning of 2019 (Penn State lost the Citrus Bowl to Kentucky on New Year’s Day), but James Franklin reminded Nittany Nation that the team is as consistent as any in the country at his press conference on Wednesday.
“There are six teams that, in the last three years, have finished in the top 15 of the college football playoffs,” he explained. “That is Penn State, that is Alabama, that’s Clemson, that’s Ohio State, that’s Washington, and that’s Oklahoma. That’s a pretty good group to be associated with over a three-year period of time, so we’re very proud of that.”
Franklin acknowledged that this year’s crew is younger than it has been, and that there is a lot of work to do, but the head coach seemed anything but nervous about the upcoming season.