UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As week four of Penn State spring practice winds down, the Nittany Lions will cap off the final week before Blue-White weekend with a practice inside Beaver Stadium.
As the Nittany Lions draw closer to the end of the spring schedule, continue catching up with the Penn State staff for a closer look at who's exceeding expectations.
For assistant head coach Terry Smith, his group of Nittany Lion cornerbacks are led by a pair of veteran returners in Grant Haley and Christian Campbell.
"Both of those guys have played a lot of football for us and we consider both of those guys returning starters, they are having great springs and getting better," Smith said.
Smith noted that both Haley and Campbell are both putting together strong spring campaigns, as returning starters only building their experience from a year ago. Earlier this week, Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin noted that Campbell is in the midst of his best offseason ever, mentioning he'll be getting a few more reps come fall.
A steady and oftentimes clutch contributor for the Nittany Lions, Haley made headlines when he became the first player in school history to return a blocked field goal for a touchdown in a dramatic victory against Ohio State, going the distance for a 60-yard score off a Marcus Allen block.
Mid-year enrollee Lamont Wade is another Nittany Lion, who Smith said has jumped on the scene since arriving in Happy Valley just about three months ago.
Adding to his top performers, Smith also highlighted Amani Oruwariye, a returning upperclassman who played in 11 games last year. Oruwariye made 23 stops last season, while also recording his first career interception against Kent State, returning it 30 yards for the Nittany Lion touchdown.
"We have four guys I'm feeling really good and positive about who are having great spring balls so far," Smith said.