Penn State is addressing one of its depth chart concerns before spring practice even starts. The Nittany Lions are moving Lamont Wade from cornerback to safety, giving the rising sophomore a good chance at landing a starting spot in the team’s secondary in 2018.
Wade was listed at safety on the updated roster Penn State released Friday afternoon.
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With both Marcus Allen and Troy Apke graduating, Penn State enters the 2018 season with both of its starting safety jobs open. At cornerback, the Nittany Lions have Amani Oruwariye (a starter in 2017) and John Reid, who started in 2016 but missed last year due to a knee injury.
Wade (5-foot-9, 196 pounds) played in 10 games as a true freshman in 2017. He appeared on special teams and defense and forced a fumble on kick coverage against Rutgers. Wade, out of Clairton, Pa., was the highest-ranked member of Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class and was considered the No. 5 cornerback in the nation.