Back in 2012, just after the program had been slammed with NCAA sanctions stemming from the Sandusky scandal, Amos and Smith were members of a close-knit group of six members of the Nittany Lions’ 2011 recruiting class.
The crew also included DE Deion Barnes, RB Bill Belton, TE Kyle Carter and WR Allen Robinson. Amos, Belton and Robinson all played in 2011, and were true sophomores in 2012. The other three were redshirt freshmen in ’12.
Like the rest of the players at Penn State at the time, all of them could have transferred to other schools without penalty. But none of them did. They stayed, and in doing so helped keep the program from falling apart.
By the following spring, their self-dubbed nickname, the “Supa Six,” had taken hold. And with good reason. All became key contributors at PSU to one degree or another, from the record-smashing Robinson to versatile Belton.
Where are they all now? We give the lowdown below. Above, hear Amos and Barnes talk about the Supa Six in interviews from earlier this year.
DB ADRIAN AMOS
Exhausted eligibility. Fifth-round NFL Draft pick (2015) now starting with the Chicago Bears. He’s had a total of five tackles through two preseason games.
DE DEION BARNES
Left school a year early and was not drafted (2015). Listed as a fourth-team OLB in the New York Jets’ camp, he had three tackles in the team’s preseason loss (23-3) to Detroit and was not credited with any stats in a win (30-22) over Atlanta.
RB BILL BELTON
Exhausted eligibility. Not on an NFL roster.
TE KYLE CARTER
Still at Penn State. Slowed in preseason while recovering from unspecified right foot injury.
WR ALLEN ROBINSON
Second-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars after leaving school a year early (2014). Now starting. Has five catches for 89 yards through two preseason games.
OT DONOVAN SMITH
Left school a year early and was a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015). He started the Bucs’ second preseason game (vs. Cincinnati) Monday night.