Penn State's James Franklin talks expectations for 2017, stars Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley

With all the cachet of Gladys Knight and the Pips, James Franklin and the Penn State Coaches Caravan on Monday rolled into Valley Forge, one of seven stops across the commonwealth.

The Nittany Lions' front man spoke openly about the strength of his team this coming season. Penn State returns 16 starters, but the spotlight will particularly be on the two potential Heisman Trophy candidates in the backfield, junior quarterback Trace McSorley and junior running back Saquon Barkley.

Some are calling the pair the best quarterback-running back duo in the Big Ten and maybe the entire nation.

Franklin is much more measured in his expectations for the stars and stressed the type of students and people each are as the true standard they should be held to.

I even got Franklin to channel his inner Allen Iverson and talk about "practice!"

Expectations and the pressure to perform well will be high in Happy Valley for the 2017 season. Franklin is taking the "one-day-at-a-time approach," but as the coach put it, oftentimes when dealing with 18- to- 22-year-olds, dealing with adversity is often harder than handling the success.

For more from Franklin, watch the video above.