James Franklin not closing the door on potential return for Micah Parsons
With the B1G football season back on, James Franklin is going to do everything can to help star linebacker Micah Parsons get back on the field for Penn State — that is, if he’s interested.
Parsons was one of a handful of star B1G players to opt out of the 2020 season, making the decision before the season was postponed. Now that the conference has reinstated the fall season, is there a chance Parsons also reverses course and plays one more season with the Nittany Lions?
Franklin said he’s not sure if that will be the case, but he certainly wants to find out. And with such a talented player on the defensive side of the football, why wouldn’t he?
“I’m a positive guy, so I’m going to try and see if there’s a way,” Franklin said on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.
#PSU coach James Franklin says he always leaves door open for players to opt back in but says there's a difference with players who opted out a while back, like Micah Parsons, and others who recently opted out. "I'm a positive guy, so I'm going to try and see if there's a way."
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 17, 2020
Parsons is considered a top 10 selection in the 2021 NFL Draft and probably doesn’t need to play another down at Penn State in order to solidify his draft status — hence the decision to opt out. But because the Nittany Lions had national championship aspirations, a renewed faith in the college football season might be enough to tilt the scales in the other direction.
Parsons was a big piece of Penn State’s 11-2 record in the 2019 season. The star linebacker piled up 109 tackles, 14 stops for loss and 5 sacks while appearing in all 13 games for the Nittany Lions. He also broke up 5 passes and forced 4 fumbles.
For his performance in the Cotton Bowl win over Memphis, Parsons was named the Defensive MVP.