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James Franklin’s Daughter Suits Up For Fiesta Bowl Practice

James Franklin’s eldest daughter, Shola, came prepared for Penn State’s Fiesta Bowl practice Wednesday, donning Trace McSorley’s No. 9 jersey and full pads.

The Nittany Lions have been practicing at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., this week ahead of the school’s seventh appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, where they’ll face Washington Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

Penn State’s fourth-year head coach loves bringing his daughters to practice, but Shola took things up a notch Wednesday. The day after Super Bowl XLIX, Franklin tweeted a video of her hitting the sleds at the Lasch Building.

It’s already been an exciting week in the desert, with Penn State great and Arizona Cardinals center A.Q. Shipley sharing a few words with the Nittany Lions and team members receiving custom Kobe sneakers. Franklin has also implored fans to wear white to University of Phoenix Stadium for the game.

It’s clear his daughters are enjoying the perks of growing up around one of the nation’s most storied college football programs.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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