Position breakdown: Secondary

Adrian Amos saw action in every game last season and could be a breakout player in 2012. Cal Sport Media via AP Images

Each day over the last week, NittanyNation has taken a look at a different position and broken it down. Today it's the secondary.

Undoubtedly, this is the defense's Achilles' heel. Not only did four starters graduate, but there's no Curtis Drake, no Derrick Thomas, no Tim Buckley and an injured Jacob Fagnano.

CB Adrian Amos is a talent, but he's seeing time at safety and cornerback -- because the team is not sure if he'll have to slide over. Stephon Morris is a speedy 5-foot-8 corner and the most experienced here with 13 career starts.

Safety Malcolm Willis was a key reserve who saw about 34 plays a game last year, while Fagnano mainly played special teams. This is a unit that's short on experience and on depth.

Freshmen, such as Jordan Lucas and Da'Quan Davis, could be called upon early.


  • Amos is one of the better athletes on this defense and could surprise.