James Franklin discusses 'Takeaway King' Zakee Wheatley, says depth chart talks coming soon
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.”
James Franklin on Zakee Wheatley being named Takeaway King again.
Franklin said convos between players about where they’re at on the depth chart will be taking place in the next 24-48 hrs. pic.twitter.com/B0jhX6R8fS
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) August 23, 2022
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.