April 26, 2007

Wallace fights for starting spot

The 2007 Penn State spring practice session was not especially kind to Nittany Lions' cornerback A.J. Wallace.

Wallace, a 6-foot-1, 195 pound sophomore showed limitless potential in his first season as a Nittany Lion. With quickness like a magician's slight of hand, Wallace was an instant boost as an offensive playmaker, a defensive backup for cornerback Tony Davis, and an added bonus for an already talented kick-return unit.

Through the season, Wallace racked up 153 yards and a touchdown on only eight carries, made 16 kickoff returns for 388 yards, and added 10 total tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Despite his versatility, Wallace came to Penn State to play cornerback.

So, with the graduation of safety Donnie Johnson and a move from cornerback to safety for Davis, an open cornerback spot presented itself opposite Justin King this spring. With a talent like Wallace waiting in the wings, it was all but assumed that by the end of spring practice, the position would be his.

Not quite.

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