James Franklin knows Penn State’s offense has to be better in 2022, and that involves all facets of the unit.

Starting quarterback Sean Clifford must be more efficient with the ball than he was in 2021. The run game needs to get back on track after vastly underperforming last season.

In the end, all of that starts up front with the offensive line, a unit that struggled to create running lanes and keep Clifford off his back in 2021.

During his first game week press conference of 2022, Franklin was asked about the offensive line unit and the progress made in the offseason. Instead of giving an honest update, Franklin said he’ll let the media tell him how the unit is performing.

Asked about ways to help the offensive line succeed, Franklin did admit that creating a deeper and more talented running back room should help things get back on track. That includes adding an electric freshman duo in Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton.

We’ll see how the unit performs in Week 1, especially in an electric road environment against Purdue.