Penn State Football: Grading the Nittany Lions Through Five Games

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Sep 6, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin talks to Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Jordan Lucas (9) prior to the game against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren- USA TODAY Sports


With two seniors and two juniors starting for the Nittany Lions in the secondary, this was another unit that was thought to be a strength heading into the season.

Penn State has only given up two passing touchdowns this season and one of them was in garbage time against UMass. Adrian Amos’ ability to play the ‘star’ position (hybrid safety/linebacker) and Jordan Lucas’ coverage skills have been impressive.

True freshman Grant Haley has seen lots of playing time and he figures to have a bright future in Happy Valley. The five interceptions (four by defensive backs) in the Rutgers game has been the highlight for this group so far, even if Gary Nova helped with some poor decision making.

Grade: B+