Penn State’s James Franklin explains wide receiver Cam Sullivan-Brown’s absence in first two games
Penn State wide receiver Cam Sullivan-Brown warmed up for the Nittany Lions’ first two games in 2020, but did not play.
Head coach James Franklin suggested the Bowie, Md., Junior receiver redshirt receiver on Tuesday could be back this week when the Lions host Maryland at 3:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network), but said he had been sidelined for loss to Indiana and last Saturday’s home loss to Ohio State.
“Cam Sullivan-Brown is a guy we were really excited for, and there were things going on that wouldn’t allow him to play the way he wanted, and that we know he’s capable of playing,” Franklin said. .
“He is available.”
Sullivan-Brown was listed as a starter on the top two Lions of the Year charts despite not playing. That changed on the Week 3 grid position, as rookie KeAndre Smith-Lambert was listed as the first team mate on receiver along with Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington.
“We think KeAndre has a very bright future,” Franklin said. “I have incredible ball speed and skills. He’s an emotional guy, a passionate guy; we have to allow him to move on to the next piece and keep his cool and cool, but he cares a lot and he’s extremely passionate about playing and playing well.
Dotson was the star of the wide receiver for the first two weeks; in addition to catching three touchdowns against Ohio State, he also caught one against the Hoosiers and has now totaled 12 catches for 238 yards.
Penn State will also consider working with Daniel George and TJ Jones on receiver. But, and even if Sullivan-Brown is available, expect to see mostly Dotson, Washington, and Lamert-Smith moving forward.
“We feel like we’re coming back to a bunch of guys who can play and contribute, and we’ve had circumstances that have limited some of their opportunities,” Franklin said.
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