If Penn State sees production out of all of the guys defensive coordinator Brent Pry mentioned after practice on Wednesday, the Nittany Lions defense will be a fearsome unit.
Of course, not all of these players will see the field and some of Pry’s speech may be fluff, but the coach still mentioned some camp standouts ahead of the annual Blue-White spring game this Saturday.
Pry first gave the linebacker corps (a unit he used to coach for the team) a shoutout and named a number of players who have caught the eye of the coaches there. The coaches are still trying to sort out who will start where, with a number of guys mentioned looking to get time.
Pry said a lot of players are getting snaps at different positions.
“Cam Brown has started off really well, Koa Farmer, Jan Johnson, he’s very steady,” Pry said. “Ellis Brooks has made some flashes. The young guys, Micah Parsons probably comes to mind first, Jake Cooper has shown flashes. It’s been a really good group.”
The DC also shouted out Jarvis Miller, who he said has always had the ability and the skillset, but has struggled to apply them.
“He’s comfortable, he knows his position, he’s doing some good things out there,” Pry said.
He then moved to the defense as a whole, touching on all of the other positions starting with the defensive line and noted the steady returnees in Kevin Givens and Shareef Miller, but then mentioned that there are young guys who will have to fill the gaps for the “Wild Dogs.”
“We’ve got some guys up front who are getting a lot of reps for the first time in their career and doing some good things,” Pry said.
Antonio Shelton is one of those guys.
“Antonio Shelton is really having a good spring,” Pry said. “A guy that we’ll be counting on that’s in competition for significant playing time.”
In the defensive backfield, the coach said they’re expecting big things of Jonathan Sutherland, while team captain Nick Scott is having a great spring as is Garrett Taylor. He then mentioned another younger player primed to make an impact in Donovan Johnson, who redshirted last year.
“There are some guys at each position flashing and doing some really good things,” Pry said. “It’s been productive to this point.”
Here’s the full video of Pry, via Penn State Football’s Twitter account:
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