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Penn State Loses Mike Wallace For Season

Penn State just keeps losing bodies in the secondary.

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Cornerback Mike Wallace confirmed to Dan Norton of The Daily Collegian on Monday night that he will miss the entire 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle. He will stay with the team in a "leadership role."

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The Nittany Lions entered the offseason with the tall task of having to replace starters Chaz Powell, Drew Astorino, Nick Sukay and D'Anton Lynn in the defensive backfield. Since then, corners Derrick Thomas and Curtis Drake have been dismissed by head coach Bill O'Brien and safety Tim Buckley transferred to N.C. State following NCAA sanctions handed down last month, which allowed Penn State players to transfer without penalty. That makes Wallace the fourth player in the unit lost just since April's Blue-White game.

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With the home opener against Ohio less than three weeks away, Adrian Amos and Stephon Morris are expected to start at corner and Jake Fagnano and Malcolm Willis will likely man the safety spots. That's not a bad starting four. If any of them suffer injuries, however, there's a good chance Penn State's lack of depth will expose itself in a big way relatively quickly.


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