Experience is one of the most valuable attributes, according to James Franklin.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday ahead of Penn State's matchup with Pitt, Franklin said a multitude of things add up to helping players develop quickly in their second year.

"I think it's a combination of spring ball and getting feedback from your coaches that you're probably a little more receptive to the older you get," Franklin said. "That's kind of the natural maturation process for everybody."

Franklin mentioned new transfer kicker Jordan Stout and redshirt defensive lineman PJ Mustipher as two players who have made significant jumps in their second year of college football.