With senior D’Anton Lynn, a three-year starter, not available for Saturday’s Big Ten opener at Indiana with a head/neck injury, a couple of younger Nittany Lions will be called upon to step up and make plays in the secondary.
One of those players is true freshman cornerback Adrian Amos.
Though senior Chaz Powell and junior Stephon Morris are slated as the starting cornerbacks, Amos, as well as redshirt sophomore Derrick Thomas, is expected to see more playing time against the Hoosiers. The 6-foot, 205-pound Amos is listed as the second-string right cornerback behind Morris on this week’s depth chart.
Amos, a Baltimore, Md. native, has seen action in every game for Penn State except for its Sept. 17 win at Temple. He intercepted a pass in the team’s season-opening win against Indiana State and displayed some of his athleticism on a 46-yard return that set up a touchdown.
He has four tackles and one pass deflection on the season and has also returned three kickoffs with an average of 16.3 yards.
Amos “has done well when he's been in there,” coach Joe Paterno said Tuesday.
Sophomore safety Malcolm Willis, a native of Marbury, Md., said he tries to keep tabs on recruiting web sites for other Maryland players Penn State is recruiting. Willis called Amos an “incredible athlete.”
"When he first came in, we could tell that he could cover people," Willis said Tuesday. "He came into practice in training camp and he started making plays. So if you're make plays, whether you're young or your old, you're going to get some time on the field."