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Penn State Football: Amos Confident Leaders Will Come, Butler Will Succeed in New Role

by on February 17, 2013 11:00 AM

College football is a revolving door. Players leave, new players enter. No matter how hard you try, bottling up the intangibles of program legends is an impossible task.

It's something that sophomore defensive back Adrian Amos understands.

"Every year you're going to have leaders leave," Amos said. "Leaders have been elevated this year cause of things that happened. Every year you have new leaders and you find that out during the offseason or in the weight room. You find that out when it really counts. Game time, things like that.

"Everybody has to step up to contribute being a leader in that role, by example. You don’t fill one person's shoes. You’re not gonna fill somebody like (Michael) Mauti just with one person. Everybody has to pick it up."

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Amos, one of Penn State's quieter players, tends to lead with his on field actions the most. Likely Penn State's most versatile member of the secondary, he will be called on frequently in 2013 to make plays in the biggest situations as Penn State replaces leaders on and off the field.

Most notably, former defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who departed after one season at Penn State for Georgia Tech, leaves a void for newly promoted assistant John Butler to fill.

Surprisingly, despite Penn State's strong tradition of defensive units, Butler will make the third coach to take over the role since the end of the Paterno era. Roof, Butler, and a tandem of assistants during Tom Bradley's interim tenure will have all taken a shot at a highly scrutinized job by the start of the 2013 season.

Amos wasn't surprised Butler got the job though and doesn't expect him to fail at it either. Butler will continue to coach Amos and the cornerbacks, while newly hired assistant Anthony Midget will coach the safeties.

"Coach Butler, he's a very smart coach," Amos said. "Before he got the job he knew what everybody was supposed to do. When I was in the meeting room with him he’d tell me what the linebackers were supposed to do and what the defensive line was suppose to do. It wasn't a surprise to me when he got the job.

"He's a competitor, he’ll do whatever he needs to do to get what he needs to get from you. Some people need more push, he's animated, he's out there running around yelling and screaming."

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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