in 2016. It wasn't massive, but in Franklin's second season, the Nittany Lions' offense did improve. In 2014, PSU finished dead last in Big Ten play at 267.5 ypg and allowed a whopping 44 sacks. Last year, the offense jumped to seventh (369.5 ypg) though still struggled at protecting the quarterback with 39 sacks allowed. PSU's first four opponents
all ranked 37th or better nationally in total defense in 2015.
"All the things are in place for us to make a significant jump offensively," Franklin said. "And we knew that."
"There are so many aspects now that are falling into place that you're going to have to deal with defensively," Franklin said. "As we all know, you can be very, very successful with a traditional-style quarterback. But if you're going to do that, the complementary pieces have got to be in place for you."