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Spring Football Top Performers: Safeties

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Its the final week before Penn State returns to Beaver Stadium for its annual Blue-White game. Just a few days separate the Nittany Lions from the culmination of the spring season.

Ahead of Saturday's spring ball finale, take one last look at who's exceeding expectations from the Penn State staff.

For co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Tim Banks, all of the Nittany Lion safeties have put together good spring campaigns.

Among the unit, Banks was quick to point out returning junior Nick Scott, who played in 13 games last year mostly on coverage units, while also making a few returns. 

"Nick had a really good winter and he has really picked it up in the spring," Banks said. "He has done a great job taking ownership of our defense, communicating well, he has been physical."

Scott was also named one of three team captains this year, serving as the Nittany Lion special teams captain.

"I think he understands that now he can be even more vocal," Banks said. "He's a passionate kid, he always has great energy, and I think he understands it's a tremendous honor to be named a captain and he has taken it and run with it."

Banks' other picks for those who have stepped forward include former corner Garrett Taylor, who has made the move to safety, as well as veteran Troy Apke.

"Troy Apke has obviously played a lot of football around here, but he's now starting to play at a high level."

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