September 27, 2007

Wallace still adjusting to new role

While he may not yet be a starter Nittany Lion cornerback A.J. Wallace certainly is one player on the Nittany Lion roster who can make a play at just about any juncture in the game.

While he spent most of last season playing both ways, a role that he said he occasionally misses, he has spent his sophomore season splitting time with Lydell Sargeant exclusively on defense. Focusing entirely on the nuances of one position is something that the former five-star prospect is still trying to grasp.

"I think that basically, I just have to learn the concepts, like knowing what everybody is doing, not just my position," he said. "I just need to know where my help is at, and all the other stuff that I'm going through defensively."

Wallace has made a big splash on special teams, where he ranks third nationally in kickoff return average at 37.2 yards per return. The new NCAA kickoff rules have certainly played into his favor, as the extra five yard cushion makes him a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.

"I always want to give the offense good field position when I return the ball," said Wallace. "I want to try to return it all the way, but I'd like to set them up to have a short field to work with."

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!