Apparently, the key to getting the best possible performance out of Penn State cornerback A.J. Wallace is by challenging him.
Last summer, when the senior cornerback encountered an academic issue, head coach Joe Paterno threatened to boot him from the team and challenged him to get his act together.
Wallace did just that, and was back in Paterno's good graces in the preseason.
But he did not earn a starting job, and instead spent the first six games of 2009 splitting time with fellow senior Knowledge Timmons.
In the week leading up to Saturday's Big Ten game with Minnesota, PSU defensive coordinator Tom Bradley issued Wallace another challenge — shut down star Golden Gopher wideout Eric Decker.
Wallace earned his first start of the season against Minnesota, and clamped down on Decker, limiting him to one catch.
He threw in a clutch tackle during a fourth-quarter goal-line stand that preserved PSU's 20-0 shutout.
After the game, we caught up with Wallace, Bradley and several other Lions to talk about the performance.
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