Morning Cup of Joe: Penn State RBs uncertain for Army


Secretive James Franklin not revealing information regarding RBs Lynch and Barkley

It is not like Penn State head coach James Franklin to reveal much when it comes to injuries to football players, so it should come as no surprise to learn the status of running backs Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley for this weekend’s game against Army is undetermined. During his weekly media meetings on Tuesday, Franklin said it was too early to say whether or not Lynch or Barkley will be available. Both players left last weekend’s game against San Diego State. Perhaps fortunately, none of the injuries suffered recently, including injuries to safeties Jordan Lucas, Marcus Allen and defensive end Evan Schwan, appear to be season-ending injuries.

Speaking of Barkley, here is some nice praise for the freshman running back…

Oen Penn State fan has created a t-shirt honoring Penn State kicker Joe Julius that will almost certainly be shut down as soon as the NCAA catches wind of it even though it is for a good cause.

Christian Hackenberg gets a nice little history lesson from Spider…

Around the Big Ten

You can’t make this up. Maryland head coach Randy Edsall learned of a Maryland players-only meeting roughly five hours after it happened while on the Big Ten coaches media conference call…Good news for the Spartans. Left tackle Jack Conklin’s injury is not season-ending… Nebraska is easing wide receiver and punt returner De’Mornay Pierson-El back into the mix… Somebody stole Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott’s dog, but thankfully it has been returned.

Around the Nation

I was working on the virtual desk at College Football Talk yesterday, so here’s what you may have missed… Georgia WR Isaiah McKenzie allegedly threatened to kill a woman. That’s not good, but we should also use this as a reminder to keep our priorities straight… The Army-Navy Game is accepting bids for 2018-2025. I say keep it in Philly… Florida’s marching band is sort of being censored… College football games take too long to play.

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