Penn State Football: Why Adrian Amos Will Be the Best CB in the Big Ten in 2013

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIFebruary 1, 2013

November 24, 2012;University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Adrian Amos (4) during warm ups prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State cornerback Adrian Amos is entering his third year as a member of the defense and will be a starter for a second straight season. He will be one of the leaders for the Nittany Lions and will play an integral part in the success of the team.

Amos has the skill and potential to be the top cornerback in the Big Ten conference.

Amos is a versatile player who was a recruited as a safety but converted to cornerback. ESPN Recruiting Nation Football had him listed as a 3-star recruit out of high school and noted that Amos "puts himself in the correct position to make plays on the ball and force the perfect throw. He comes up quickly on perimeter run support as well."

The athletic defensive back played in every game during his freshman year at Penn State and quickly made a name for himself, making two tackles and an interception (which he returned 46 yards) in his first game.

During his sophomore season in 2012, Amos started every game and recorded 44 tackles. He also led all defensive backs on the team with two interceptions, including one that he returned 54 yards in the game against Indiana.

With Penn State losing key leaders on defense in Jordan Hill, Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti, Amos will bring experience and leadership to the unit. Now in his third year, he is primed to turn into a shutdown corner and use his ball-hawking skills to lead the Big Ten in interceptions.

Last season, two cornerbacks tied for the Big Ten lead in interceptions. Senior Travis Howard from Ohio State and senior Michael Carter from Minnesota both had four picks in 2012.

Amos will work to improve on his two interceptions from last year.

Not only will Amos impress with his defensive skills, he can also play a valuable part on special teams in both kick coverage and the return game. The Nittany Lions struggled returning kicks last year, using seven different returners. Amos finished the year with four returns for 73 yards.

While the return numbers are rather unimpressive, look for them to improve in 2013.

Amos enters his junior season as an experienced defensive back whose full skill and potential will come to fruition next season. He is already a solid cornerback but will turn into the top player at his position in the Big Ten.