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Franklin tells comical story of giving away Micah Parsons’ scholarship to walk-on Stoll

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Micah Parsons left quite a legacy in two short years at Penn State, and even on his way out, he was able to indirectly make a lasting impact on another member of the Nittany Lion football program.

Parsons, who opted out of this season to prepare for the NFL draft, was back in State College last week to visit family and the team.

Also last week, walk-on long snapper Chris Stoll was put on scholarship by Penn State.

James Franklin shared this terrific story Wednesday night about those two things were connected.

“Literally, the day we gave the scholarship to (Chris) Stoll, I’m in the meeting doing it and I turn and look and there’s Micah standing in my office,” Franklin said.

“And just so you guys know, Stoll got Micah’s scholarship. We were at 85. So when Micah decided he wasn’t coming back, we were able to do an appeal with the NCAA, get that scholarship and was able to give it to Stoll.

“So I turn, and Micah’s standing there, and I’m like, does he have second thoughts? Well, it’s too late. Stoll’s got it.”

Here’s video of Franklin, who can’t stop smiling while telling the story.

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Here’s the tweet from last week showing the exciting and emotional moment Stoll was put on scholarship. Plus here’s the story from that.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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