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[Photo Story] Penn State Football’s 2023 Media Day

There are only 25 days until Penn State football, folks.

The Nittany Lions held their annual Media Day Sunday and gave fans more reasons to get excited ahead of the 2023 season.

James Franklin kicked off the event and addressed the media and was followed by coordinators Stacy Collins, Manny Diaz, and Mike Yurcich.

Franklin touched on the changing landscape of college football, the strength of the Big Ten, the quarterback room, and more, before handing off the mic to his coordinators.

Following Yurcich’s time on the stand, members of the media headed to the field in Beaver Stadium to hear directly from the Nittany Lions themselves.

Second-year quarterbacks Drew Allar and Beau Pribula addressed uncertainties about Penn State’s first-string gunslinger, but Franklin remains strong in his quest to breed competition until naming a starter.

“In terms of decisions, you know, we are not announcing or making any decisions at this point, really, at any position,” Franklin said in his press conference. “It’s a competition, and we want to create competition at every position as long as possible, and I think it brings out the best in everyone.”

There were plenty of familiar faces on the field, including Penn State hoops alum Myles Dread.

The Nittany Lions posed for individual shots and some even sported Penn State bucket hats and donned amusing poses.

Then, after a quick break, the media headed over to the Lasch Practice Field to catch a few minutes of the blue and white in action.

It began to rain shortly following the media’s arrival, but the Nittany Lions remained swift and slick in the Happy Valley rainfall.

The team moved into Holuba Hall due to the precarious weather entering the valley and continued practice.

Penn State will open its season against West Virginia at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, at Beaver Stadium.

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Hailey Stutzman

Hailey is a junior film production major and is Onward State's visual editor. She is also the editor of our podcast, Podward State. She's from outside of Philly-ish and is a die-hard Birds fan. When Hailey's not taking pictures or editing videos, you can find her scrolling through TikTok or sleeping. Feel free to reach her on Twitter when she wakes up @stutzhailey or her email [email protected].

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