Penn St.'s Wallace likely out 1-2 games

Updated: August 13, 2009, 11:27 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Penn State senior cornerback A.J. Wallace likely will be suspended after falling behind in his academics during the summer.

Wallace could be lost for up to two games.

Wallace, a projected starter this fall, is one of the more experienced members in a new-look Nittany Lions secondary, which loses all four starters.

He appeared in all 13 games last fall and recorded 20 tackles. The 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound Wallace also returned six kickoffs for a total of 119 yards.

"I might not play him in a game or two because he cut classes," head coach Joe Paterno said Thursday at the team's media day. "If he cuts any more classes, he won't play. I think you have to send a message. No sense sending a message if somebody is not a player. He's obviously one of our better players."

When Wallace plays hinges on what Penn State's academic advisors tell Paterno about his academic performance. Sophomore D'Anton Lynn could slide into Wallace's spot for the opener Sept. 5 against Akron.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.