Penn State football head coach and former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin joined Scott and Jeremy on Tuesday afternoon to promote a stop on the Penn State Caravan Tour on Wednesday in Baltimore at the Marriott near Camden Yards for lunch. Scott was curious to see what kind of reception James was on the caravan. “We’re excited we’ve already got some great reception. Looking forward to getting all over the state as well as Maryland, as well as New Jersey and New York so it will be a great to interact with some fans and alumni.”

As mentioned one of the stops is in downtown Baltimore. Scott asked about Coach Franklin’ relationship with players from the the state. “Maryland has been a great area for Penn State for a long time and we expect that to continue as such.”

The conversation shifted to how the first couple have months have gone for the new head coach of the Nittany Lions, in his words its been positive. “Its been great we’ve been received very well. For us, myself and our staff. Most of us are from this region. I’m from Pennsylvania, my defensive coordinator is from Pennsylvania, my special teams coordinator is from Maryland, its a bunch of guys from the Northeast. Its been great we’re coming back home, we are seeing high school coaches we haven’t seen in a few years and been received extremely well so its been fun.”

The Ravens have been targeting one of coach’ former players at Vanderbilt, Coach Franklin has high praise for his former player Jordan Matthews. “You talk about the all time leading receiver in SEC history, single season as well as career. Everybody each week knew he was going to get 12 catches and all they had to do was try to stop him and they had a hard time doing it. You know I coached Torrey Smith at Maryland, and had Jordy Nelson at Kansas State and coached in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, and I think he has a chance to be special because of his intangibles and obviously he has a presence too him and obviously he has the ability and the NFL body and all those types of things but more than anything its his mentality.”


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