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PSU Spring Practice: Trickle-Down Depth Issues

Holes on offensive line and wide receiver impacting all areas of Nittany Lions' preparations.
STATE COLLEGE - Saturday’s Penn State football practice marks the eighth of the spring - the exact midway point between day number one and the Blue-White game.
 
And first-year Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin is holding nothing back.
 
Everything – offense, defense and special teams – is being installed so come summer training camp it'll all be familiar.
 
“We want to get them confident with their assignments so we can start playing fast and violent,” Franklin says. “That's really what we're looking to try to do and take some of their indecision out of their footwork and things like that.”
 
Franklin says he's seen great attitude and effort so far, but knows his team has a long way to go.
 
There are still some major starting line-up holes on offense, particularly at wide receiver and on the o-line.
 
Guard Miles Dieffenbach and tackle Andrew Nelson both missed the portion of practice open to the media.
 
When asked what he's seen from the two of them this spring, Franklin answered simply “not enough.”
 
“What I don't think people realize a lot of times, is when you have such lack of depth at certain positions, it affects everyone,” Franklin says. “It doesn't just affect the quarterbacks, it affects the defensive backs, because they're not getting the work that they need as well. It has a major trickle down effect on everybody.”
 
Penn State's depth issues are affecting players who aren't even on campus yet.
 
Franklin says he's been in contact with the incoming Nittany Lion true freshmen letting them know that they should be ready to play in their first year.

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