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Video: This is how Penn State develops their 'edge' under Franklin

At first glance, nothing about Penn State's first workout session under James Franklin and Dwight Galt looks any different than what other programs across the country are doing at this time. 

However, in order to create an edge, the end of the workout features two players fighting over a tire. There's a very specific reason why that event is held to the end of the workout.

“Control your breathing,” Franklin told the guys at the end of the workout. “We do that at the end because anybody can do it when they’re fresh. We want to see how you guys are going to compete when times are tough."

"How are you going to compete when you’re tired? This is about mental and physical toughness.”

If you don't have something in your workouts with a competitive edge factor, you may want to consider adding something like this. Makes a lot of sense, especially for a new staff trying to create a new identity.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.