We are nearing the end of our Penn State player previews for the 2014 season. Next up is senior defensive back Adrian Amos. He’s now listed as a safety on the depth chart, but could also end up playing some cornerback. Amos has been a cornerstone of the Penn State secondary during his collegiate career.
The senior is one of three Penn State defensive backs from Baltimore’s Calvert Hall. Trevor Williams and Da’Quan Davis were all teammates with Amos in high school. Amos was rated as a 3-star cornerback by 247Sports and had offers from Temple, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Connecticut.
As a freshman in 2011, he appeared in every game and made one start. He finished that season with 13 tackles and an interception.
He entered 2012 as the starting cornerback and started all 12 games. He finished the year with 44 tackles and two interceptions. That season, the Nittany Lions had one of the best defenses in the nation and Amos played a big role in that. His efforts led to him being named an honorable-mention All-Big Ten.
Last year, Amos was once again an important part of the defense. He was moved to safety at the beginning of the season and started there for the first six games. However, issues in the secondary, former head coach Bill O’Brien to move Amos back to his natural cornerback position. He was again an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection and finished seventh on the team with 50 total tackles.
Now as a senior, Amos has started 25 games in his career and enters 2014 as a clear leader on defense. New head coach James Franklin has moved Amos back to safety due to his build and his ability to tackle and get to the ball.
There’s no question that Amos will see significant playing time this season. He could end up being moved back to cornerback but I don’t really expect that. This year, Williams and Davis both have more experience and should hold down the other cornerback position opposite of Jordan Lucas.
Regardless of where he plays, look for Amos to top 50 tackles and record at least two interceptions.