Breakout players for 2013: No. 3
December, 19, 2012
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com
Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesAdrian Amos is one of the top athletes on the Penn State team.This week, NittanyNation is counting down the five Penn State players who weren't named to the All-Big Ten teams and are poised for breakout seasons in 2013.
The No. 3 breakout player: CB Adrian Amos, rising junior
He's frequently been named one of the best athletes on this team, and it's easy to see why. He has the versatility to play cornerback and safety -- and as a true freshman, under an old-school coach who sparingly played rookies, Amos saw action in 12 games.
The defensive back started every game this past season and nearly earned a spot on the All-Big Ten team. He was an honorable mention, and even bigger things are expected from him in 2013.
With Stephon Morris' graduation, Amos will play an even bigger role. And with another year of experience under the safeties' belts, defensive coordinator Ted Roof could decide to call for more man coverage -- a strength of Amos.
A member of the "Supa Six," Amos led the secondary in interceptions (2) and earned a reputation as a hard-hitter. He boasts a great combination of speed and smarts and should make an even bigger name for himself in 2013 as one of the best cornerbacks in the Big Ten.
He quickly landed on the radar in 2012, but his sophomore season wasn't quite a breakout, not like Allen Robinson. But next season? Well, it would be a surprise if he didn't earn a spot as a member of the All-Big Ten's first- or second team.
Malcolm Willis may be known as the quarterback of the secondary, but Amos should be the star.
Quotables: "He's having a great season. I believe he's one of the best cornerbacks in the Big Ten. In the summer time, I thought he was going to be special. I'm just glad it's coming true." -- Morris
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