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Keegan-Michael Key’s ‘James Franklin’ Weighs In On ESPN College GameDay About Icing Georgia State’s Kicker

Noted James Franklin impersonator and Penn State alumnus comedian Keegan-Michael Key appeared on ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday morning in New York to address Franklin’s decision to ice Georgia State’s kicker last weekend.

The Nittany Lions were up 52-0 with their 4th string squad on the field when Franklin called a time out in the midst of a Georgia State field goal. Sports radio host Mike Francesa went off about Franklin’s decision to call a time out on his show the Monday following the game.

“I hope he was proud at himself for getting that 56-0,” Francesa said. “I hope he was real proud of himself on the coaches show — show it a few times! Lot of class, coach. Lot of class.”

Franklin himself said he called the time out because the Nittany Lions didn’t have fourth team field goal block, so he wanted time to get the second team field goal block in.

“What happened was I got a little carried away,” Key, as Franklin, said. “At that point I had some players from the band in there, I had a security guard, equipment manager, and the Nittany Lion mascot were all in there at that time…he’s never blocked a kick before!”

Key is a Penn State alumnus from the MFA acting program; he served as the grand marshal for Penn State Homecoming in 2015.

Desmond Hower, Lee Corso, and guest picker Key all chose Penn State to beat Iowa tonight at Kinnick Stadium.

Watch the full video of Key’s Franklin impersonation on the ESPN website here.

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Meanwhile, some folks are still having trouble telling Key and Franklin apart.

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Elissa Hill

Elissa is a senior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

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