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The coaching staff likes the quickness and athleticism Devin Fentress has exhibited as a cornerback, wide receiver and on special teams during his Penn State career. Having played corner earlier in his career and wideout in 2008, the talented and swift Fentress returned to cornerback during spring practice. He made good progress in the spring and likely will enter preseason camp No. 2 on the depth chart at left cornerback looking to challenge A.J. Wallace for significant playing time. The former Western Branch HS standout was a sprinter on the Penn State indoor track and field team in 2007. Fentress, who received his degree in marketing prior to the 2008 season, is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate with a 3.22 grade-point average through the spring semester. He is one of six returning Nittany Lions from Virginia and joins redshirt sophomore Chima Okoli and freshman Kevin Newsome in the long line of Penn Staters from the Tidewater Region.
2008 Senior Season
Fentress saw action in eight games on offense and special teams, but did not have any receptions amongst the veteran Nittany Lion wideouts.
2007 Junior Season
Fentress saw action on defense and special teams in nine games, with most of his playing time coming against Florida International and Indiana. He made three solo tackles, with stops in the wins over Florida International, Buffalo and Indiana.
2006 Sophomore Season
Redshirt season. He was a sprinter on the Penn State indoor track and field team during the 2006-07 campaign.
2005 Freshman Season
Fentress appeared on his way to a redshirt year, but the season-ending injury to Derrick Williams against Michigan provided an opportunity for the freshman. He assumed Justin King's reserve role at cornerback, while King focused on offense after playing both ways until Williams was sidelined. Fentress saw his first collegiate action in the big win at Illinois, recording three solo tackles and a pass breakup on 31 snaps.
Fentress was a standout in football and track and field at Western Branch HS. A three-year starter for Coach Lew Johnston as a running back and cornerback, the versatile athlete earned all-district, All-Tidewater and all-region honors in football and track. As a senior in 2004, he had 85 carries for 810 yards and nine touchdowns and grabbed a pair of interceptions. Fentress helped guide WBHS to three district tiles and played in the 2005 Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star game. He finished second in the 200 meters at the 2005 state track and field championships.
Full name is Devin Terron Fentress. He is the son of Susan Fentress. He lists video games as a hobby. He graduated in marketing and is working on a second degree, in communication, arts and sciences. Born January 20, 1987 in Newark, N.J.
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