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#ScholarshipAlert: James Franklin tells Penn State walk-on to quit his job because 'you're on full scholarship'

We've got our first #ScholarshipAlert of the 2018 season, and it's a good one.

Penn State head coach James Franklin dropped in on a Nittany Lions conditioning session to inquire about which players are working jobs. What I like about this conceit is that it's a low-concept reveal and Franklin sells it well. Some reveals are almost too obvious. "Why are they calling on me right now?" some walk-ons must be thinking as their head coach calls them to stand in front of the team room for the first time in four years on the team.

But there's no way Kyle Vasey had any idea what was coming. You can tell by the cut in the video that Franklin called on other players first, and then Vasey reports to Franklin he works five nights a week, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., as a bar back.

"So how many hours a week you doing?" Franklin asks.

"Thirty," Vasey says.

"Quit," Franklin answers. "You're on full scholarship."

Vasey is a senior from Lackawaxen, Pa., and started all 13 games as the Nittany Lions' long snapper in 2017. His younger brother Dan is a sophomore on the team, splitting time between defensive line and long snapper.