What’s next for Penn State’s secondary; Nittany Lions add walk-on kicker to class
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Reloading the defensive backfield
A season ago, Penn State’s secondary allowed 13 touchdown passes all season.
One of the main objectives for defensive coordinator Brent Pry is to now figure out how to replicate that success and do so without a handful of major contributors.
Marcus Allen, Christian Campbell and Troy Apke could all be drafted come April but where the re-loading of the Nittany Lions secondary begins is with cornerback John Reid, who missed all of 2017 with a torn left ACL.
It may also start with cornerback Amani Oruwariye, writes Greg Pickel of Pennlive.com.
Oruwariye is coming off a season in which he intercepted 4 passes and earned All-Big Ten honors and that was as Penn State’s No. 3 cornerback.
Not a bad place to start.
6-pack of kickers
The most interesting competition this coming spring may just be at the kicker spot, where James Franklin has to figure out who, among a crowd of six, will ultimately be the one trusted to put the ball through the uprights.
Penn State added No. 6 late Monday when Holidaysburg (Pa.) kicker Vlad Hilling said he would be walking on at Penn State, writes Lions 247’s Andrew Callahan.
Franklin continues to waste little time on the recruiting trail for the Class of 2019.
Late Monday, Chicago tight end Jahleel Billingsley received an offer from Penn State.
— JahleelBillingsley🌟 (@JahleelKnowsss) January 30, 2018
Billingsley is ranked the No. 5 prospect in Illinois, writes Sean Fitz of Lions 247.
Back to work
John Butler was by Bill O’Brien’s side when O’Brien had to navigate the Penn State program through the post-Paterno NCAA sanctions and bowl-less seasons. Butler spent one season as the Nittany Lions secondary coach and one as defensive coordinator.
Butler was also by O’Brien’s side when he moved on to the NFL and the Houston Texans.
But O’Brien went in a different direction this offseason, firing Butler as his secondary coach. It didn’t take Butler long to find work. The Buffalo Bills hired Butler as their secondary coach on Tuesday.
Penn State’s No. 1 ranked wrestling team heads into its showdown against No. 2 ranked Ohio State on Saturday short-handed, but that hasn’t taken any of the buzz away from one of the biggest wrestling duals of the season, writes Lauren Muthler of the Centre Daily Times.
The Saturday dual takes place at Rec Hall.
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