PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

Franklin Hopeful of Dieffenbach Return, Smith’s Status Remains In Limbo

James Franklin met with the media following Wednesday’s practice where he relayed that he was hopeful senior guard Miles Dieffenbach would return to the field this week, and tackle Donovan Smith’s return would be dictated by his doctors.

Dieffenbach has not seen action this year, following a torn ACL during spring practice. “I know I say this every week, but with Miles, we’re hopeful,” said Franklin on Dieffenbach’s potential return this Saturday at Indiana.

This isn’t a particularly new statement from Franklin. In last Tuesday’s press conference prior to the Maryland game, Franklin hinted that Dieffenbach would return to the field that week. Franklin said that Dieffenbach’s performance in practice “will allow us to play him in the game a little bit.” Dieffenbach ultimately ended up not suiting up for the home loss to the Terrapins.

“He’s behind, he’s missed so many reps,” said Franklin on Dieffenbach. “He knows that, that’s the sign of a mature player. He knows he’s so behind on reps that he has to do more to get caught up.”

Smith, the only other experienced cornerstone of Penn State’s depleted offensive line, also did not play against Maryland after suffering an injury on a touchdown pass in the Ohio State game. Franklin didn’t give much information on his return status. “For Donovan, it’s up to the doctor,” said Franklin. “Typically we don’t find out until later in the week, Thursday or Friday morning.”

With Dieffenbach and Smith both potentially out, it could spell another trying performance for Penn State’s front five and running game, which at one point ranked as the worst in the country, and has now improved to the nation’s fourth-worst attack.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Ben Berkman

State College, PA

Comments

Other posts by Ben

Nassib Healthy To ‘Kick Some Ass,’ Johnson And Hackenberg Seek Pro Evaluations

James Franklin made two things clear before the Lions travel South: Carl Nassib is 100 percent healthy for a game for the first time in more than a month, and Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson have both applied for draft evaluations from the NFL.

Gameday Observations: Return To Rec

Penn State Stomps Canisius, 81-67, In First Of Two Rec Hall Showdowns

Trustees Committee Approves Sandy Barbour Contract Through 2023

Sandy Barbour will make an average of $1,269,000 per year as part of the new deal, which runs through August 2023.

Your THON 2019 Master Playlist

With more than 500 songs and a run-time of more than 30 hours, this playlist will make it seem like THON never ended.

Send this to a friend