Penn State Nittany Lions: Brennan Franklin

Reserve LB Franklin leaves Penn State

January, 8, 2013
Reserve linebacker Brennan Franklin has left the Nittany Lions football team due to personal reasons, according to a Penn State spokesman.

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Courtesy of Brandon FranklinLB Brennan Franklin, who was the first to commit to PSU after the sanctions, has enrolled at a community college.
Arizona Central's Richard Obert first reported Franklin's departure and said he enrolled at Glendale Community College in Arizona. The freshman is from Peoria, Ariz.

Franklin is the second player to leave since the end of the 2012 season and joins tailback Curtis Dukes, who's not yet certain whether he'll transfer or declare for the NFL draft.

The linebacker signed with Penn State on July 26 and made headlines for becoming the first player to join the Nittany Lions after the sanctions. One fan sent him a Facebook message shortly after his commitment, swearing he'd name his first son after him.

Franklin's departure is a surprise -- but not one that really impacts the team. He was one of three linebackers in the Class of 2012, and he appeared to be behind both Nyeem Wartman and Gary Wooten in terms of playing time.

The rising redshirt freshman wasn't expected to see the field next season beyond special teams, and he would have had even more competition for future snaps after PSU garnered commitments from a trio of 2013 linebackers.

Redshirt picture coming into focus 

September, 11, 2012
Steven BenchLee Coleman/Icon SMITrue freshman quarterback Steven Bench subbed in for a banged-up Matt McGloin against Virginia and looks to have assumed the backup quarterback position for the Nittany Lions.
The season is only two weeks old, but the redshirt picture is already becoming a little clearer.

Four true freshmen are listed on the depth chart but haven't seen any time on the field. Six freshmen have already burned their redshirts. And three are still in limbo.

NittanyNation takes a closer look at the impact the true freshmen have had so far and what to expect going forward:

Breaking down the 2012 defensive class 

August, 15, 2012
Brennan FranklinCourtesy of Brandon FranklinAs the first player to commit to Penn State following the NCAA sanctions, Brennan Franklin's the wild card of the class of 2012. If he develops, he could turn into the ultimate recruiting steal.
The defensive players in Penn State's 2012 recruiting class are not the most heralded the Nittany Lions have ever snagged. But defense has been a strength of Penn State since before some of these recruits' parents were born -- and that's not expected to change.

Four-star defensive tackle Brian Gaia heads the incoming defensive class, and several three-star players could see the field this year as most players might be asked to step up sooner than later due to the NCAA sanctions. So NittanyNation takes a closer look at each defensive recruit and breaks down what ESPN's scouts had to say before each player wound up in Happy Valley.

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