NITTANY NOTES: Second Opinion

Get an up-close look at the progress being made across Penn State's secondary in spring practice drills.

In terms of the Penn State secondary, the cornerbacks have seen veteran Jordan Lucas, who started all 12 games and grabbed 55 tackles (45 solo) and three interceptions in 2013 lead the charge. Vying to impact the depth chart are Trevor Williams, who saw action in all 12 games last season, including six starts, Da'Quan Davis, who played in seven contests, and Jordan Smith, who primarily saw special teams work throughout last year.

At this stage Williams and Davis has "shown promise," but "need to improve on their coverage skills." Davis, in particular has "shown speed, but get's pushed off the route at times."

With the safeties, veterans Adrian Amos and Ryan Keiser have emerged as the likely starters. Amos started all 12 games last season with the bulk of his reps at cornerback, grabbing 41 tackles (32 solo) and an interception. Transitioning back to safety, "has been a good move." As one observer said, "He's better suited there and is more comfortable."

Keiser saw action in 11 games last season, starting five, including the final four PSU contests. He ended up with 32 tackles (26 solo), three interceptions and a sack. The coaches have reportedly liked his aggression and ability to make reads.

Behind them are Jesse Della Valle, who played in all 12 games and primarily handled punt return duties. At safety he grabbed 17 tackles (13 solo). Also in the mix is Malik Golden, who saw limited duties last season but is said to be looking much more comfortable in the defensive backfield, although "he needs to get his reactions down and trust his instincts."

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