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CB: Adrian Amos, Jesse Della Valle, Jordan Smith
SS: Malcolm Willis, Ryan Keiser
FS: Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, Jordan Lucas, Neiko Robinson
CB: Da'Quan Davis, Jordan Lucas, Jake Kiley
In 2012, the Penn State secondary was a bit of a weak spot. The group only produced three interceptions on the season and finished eighth in the Big Ten, giving up 226 passing yards a game.
Though there's room for improvement, next season's team will be returning three starters and a total of seven players who played at some point in 2012.
Adrian Amos, who will be one of the best corners in the Big Ten heading into 2013, started every game in 2012. He totaled 44 tackles and two interceptions. Amos is also a key player on special teams and figures to play a role in the return game once again.
The side opposite of Amos will be taken by Da'Quan Davis. As a freshman last year, he played in 11 games and made five tackles. Davis will fill the hole left by Stephon Morris, the team's fifth-leading tackler in 212.
The safety positions will be filled by two guys who both started last season. Malcolm Willis made 10 starts, and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong started the final 11 games of the year. The pair combined for 86 tackles and have an opportunity to give Penn State the best safety pair in the conference.
Ryan Keiser also saw playing time last year while Willis was injured and made five tackles. He will be in line to be one of the first backups used in 2013.
Jesse Della Valle and Jordan Lucas played in every game last year on special teams. Della Valle served as the main punt returner. Both saw time in the secondary in the finale against Wisconsin and could play several different positions in the secondary.
3-star recruit Neiko Robinson has "the range and physicality of a BCS level safety," according to ESPN. If given a roster spot, he should see time on special teams and could sneak into the rotation at some point during the season.