Spicin' Up the D

When it comes to athletes who played all out at Penn State, Anthony "Spice" Adams was among the best. A defensive tackle who parlayed his strong work ethic in Happy Valley into a strong NFL career, Spice offered his assessment of the current defensive unit as its prepares for Wisconsin.

Adams, now in his third year with the San Francisco 49ers, talked about the difference between the 2005 version of the Nittany Lions and last season's edition, saying, "They are playing together and they trust each other. I see how hard they work. I am biased though, since those are my guys."

Adams specifically talked about the defense and who has impressed him so far this year. "Tamba [Hali] has really stepped his game up and Chris Harrell looks great. I would really like to see them turn Calvin [Lowry] loose, too, on some blitzes with his speed," he explained.

Though his focus is primarily on his current team, the 49ers, Adams makes it a point to keep in close contact with the current defensive players, particularly the defensive line.

"I talk to them at least once a week, or I try to at least," he said. "I have already left the defensive line messages this week about Wisconsin, telling them to get pressure on [QB John] Stocco."

Adams not only keeps tabs on the Nittany Lions from across the country, but also made the trip to his home city of Detroit to see the Michigan-Penn State clash. "That game was an instant classic, I just wish we would have came out on top."

Adams is just excited that Penn State is playing the way it should be again, saying, "It's great to see them playing with purpose again."


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