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James Franklin Says Penn State Looking For Transfers At These Positions

James Franklin directs Mike Gesicki during a game.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Mike Gesicki #88 following a touchdown reception during the second half against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Defense has been the hallmark of Penn State for generations, but it's the offense that will need to improve for James Franklin's team to reach that next level in the Big Ten. To that end, Franklin is looking into bringing in some transfers to fill the gaps in his team.

Speaking to the media this past week, Franklin revealed that there are two positions he wants to augment using the NCAA transfer portal. He hopes that the team can add some players to the wide receiver and offensive line positions before the end of August.

“Like a lot of programs in the country, we’re going to maybe add a few guys between now and then from a transfer perspective,” Franklin said on Wednesday night.

“Wide receiver is something we got our eyes open and are looking around for, and possibly on the offensive line as well. That’s something that could change our picture here between now and camp as well.”

Per PennLive, the Nittany Lions have been hosting a pair of transfers in Virginia Tech wide receiver Eric Kumah and Virginia offensive lineman R.J. Proctor. Both hope to be immediately eligible if the move goes through.

Penn State's depth was ravaged this offseason as numerous underclassmen either transferred or bolted for the riches of the NFL.

Franklin also added that the team wants to improve at defensive tackle and safety.

“D-tackle, safety, that would help us obviously going into the summer, feeling like we have a better picture of what that’s going to look like in the fall,” Franklin said.

Last year Penn State went 9-4, losing to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl, but not before securing a third straight season of nine wins or more.