Coach Terry Smith talks Lamont Wade, young corners who are impressing, and more

Coach Terry Smith talks Lamont Wade, young corners who are impressing, and more

Penn State cornerback Lamont Wade talks with cornerbacks coach Terry Smith during spring practice on the Lasch fields on April 19, 2017. Joe Hermitt | HAR (JOE HERMITT)

By Greg Pickel |

The matchup most fans are eager to see in the Citrus Bowl features Trace McSorley and Penn State’s offense opposite Kentucky’s talented defense led by future first-round pick Josh Allen.

If you’re wondering a little bit about the Wildcats’ offense, however, you’ve come to the right place.

Head coach Mark Stoops’ team brings NFL-bound back Benny Snell and a run-often offense into the New Year’s Day matchup at Camping World Stadium, but the SEC school will throw the ball a bit, too, which is why a scouting report of Kentucky’s receivers from PSU corners coach Terry Smith is helpful with the game set to kickoff just four days from now.

“Obviously, their slots are their top receiver targets,” Smith told reporters after Penn State held its first practice in Florida on Thursday. “Their starter [Lynn Bowden Jr.] is a Youngstown kid. He’s really talented, super-fast, super-quick. He’s their leading receiver. His backup [David Bouvier] is the second-leading receiver on the team. They try to get those guys the ball in space.

“Their outside guys, they don’t do a lot with the underneath stuff, but they’ll take shots down the field. With Kentucky, it starts with the run game. They have a talented running back and their quarterback is a dual-threat guy. We have to contain those guys first and make sure No. 1 [Bowden] in the slot doesn’t get loose. Just wrap him up and contain him.”

Smith did not address only this week’s opponent, though, as he touched on a number of topics including young Lions who are standing out, safety Lamont Wade’s development, and more. He is the feature of this week’s PSU PennLive Q&A, which comes courtesy of a transcript from Smith’s media session provided by Penn State.

Q: How’s the trip been so far?

Smith: The trip’s been fantastic. We’re in shorts. We haven’t seen shorts in a few months. We’re really, really appreciative to be down here in Orlando. It’s been a great gift for us to come to the Citrus Bowl and we’re enjoying the moment. Our team is just getting ready day-by-day.

Q: Lamont Wade hasn’t established himself as a starter. Where do you see him now and in the future?

Smith: Lamont [Wade] continues to get better. He’s a major factor on special teams for us, both as a freshman and a sophomore. He’s given us great depth this year in the secondary and continues to grow. Obviously, with the departure of Nick Scott, we’re looking for Lamont to step up [next year].

Q: What would it mean to the program to have a very high draft pick as a cornerback?

Smith: We haven’t had a first-rounder. God willing, obviously it would be a blessing for Amani [Oruwariye] and his family. It would be a blessing for us as Penn State. We’re trying to build DB nation here. We’ve got seven or eight guys in the league right now that we’ve coached over the last five years. This thing is growing and growing fast. We’re trying to get the best guys in and develop those guys. Amani would be a huge step for the program.

Q: Who are some guys we haven’t seen that you’re getting a longer look at in the bowl practices?

Smith: In the secondary, obviously, Garrett [Taylor] is already playing. Lamont Wade we’ve already talked about. He’s going to get a shot. At the cornerback position, we have Donovan Johnson. He’s going to get an opportunity to play. Zechariah McPhearson will get an opportunity. Trent Gordon will get an opportunity. Jonathan Sutherland will get a shot at the safety position. Then, who knows which of those freshmen will come in and be a little more mature and be mentality and physically more equipped.


Original article click here

One Comment

  1. sure win football predictions for tomorrow

    March 15, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks for share The Valuable Information!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *