first_imgJames Franklin assists Trace McSorley off the field.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 10: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions is helped off the field during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium on November 10, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)A few days ago, former Penn State team doctor Dr. Scott A. Lynch filed a lawsuit, claiming that James Franklin tried to pressure him to clear injured players.Franklin has responded to the lawsuit, defending what he’s done as head coach, and saying that the program has put the health of its players first. Penn State Health has also released a statement denying the allegations.Lynch was let go by Penn State in March. He believes that Franklin put pressure on the school to remove him from the job.A few former Penn State stars have come out in support of Franklin in light of the allegations. Saquon Barkley, the biggest star of the Franklin era at PSU thus far, said that he tried to come back early from an ankle injury in 2014, but it was the head coach that prevented him from doing so until he was 100-percent.Trace McSorley, now a Baltimore Raven after an impressive Penn State career, has put out a statement, sharing a similar anecdote to Barkley’s.#WeAre @coachjfranklin pic.twitter.com/YTPJhq33TW— Trace McSorley (@McSorley_IX) August 29, 2019His full note:“With everything being said about Coach Franklin and how he has handled injuries in the past, I feel obligated to share my experiences. When I injured my knee against Iowa, I never once felt pressured to go back in the game by Coach Franklin. He continually checked on me and how I felt, even telling me not to push it. That message continued throughout the week as we prepared for our next game. Fast forward to the Citrus Bowl, there was fear that my foot pain was due to something more serious. Again, Coach Franklin and the staff were telling me not to push it. It even got to the point where they told me I would not be going back in, in order to protect me future. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case and I was able to continue to play. Both times I was the one who made the decision to re-enter the game. I am eternally grateful for Coach Franklin and his staff for my time at Penn State. Can’t wait to watch and see what this team has in store this year!”Other Penn State players and even former Vanderbilt players under James Franklin has echoed these sentiments. Obviously, they don’t represent everyone that has played under the Penn State head coach, but it is telling how forcefully some of these guys who have moved on from college have come out in the days since this story broke.Penn State opens its season Saturday against Idaho.last_img read more