James Franklin was interviewed following practice on Tuesday. He gave his thoughts about Zakee Wheatley’s performance at camp, and when talks with players about the depth chart will take place per Audrey Snyder of The Athletic.

Wheatley earned his 2nd ‘Takeaway King’ award, after already winning 1 during spring camp as well. He has been really impressed with the young safety so far, especially now that he has won the award in back-to-back camps (spring and preseason).

“He has really good instincts,” said Franklin. “He’s also one of those guys where the ball just likes him. Part of that is doing what you’re supposed to do consistently to be in position when the opportunities come. He is trending in the right direction, there’s no doubt about it.”

Penn State will also begin having depth chart discussions with players on Wednesday and Thursday, Franklin says.

The Nittany Lions’ 2022 season opens with an away game against Purdue on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.