April 27, 2007

Positional Breakdown: S

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Questions heading
into spring

  • Who will step up to
    replace Tra Battle as the leader at safety?

  • Will Reshad Jones
    or Donovan Baldwin challenge CJ Byrd at the free
    safety spot?

  • How much action
    with Jones and fellow redshirt freshman Quintin
    Banks get at safety in spring camp?


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face="Verdana">Starter

size="2" face="Verdana">Kelin Johnson size="2" face="Verdana">

Sr. 2006: 60 TAC,
2.5 Sacks, 5.5 TFLY, 2 INT, 5 QBP. Career: 88 TAC, 2.5
Sacks, 6.5 TFLY, 3 INT, 5 QBP.


face="Verdana">C.J. Byrd face="Verdana">

Jr. 2006: 8 TAC.
Career: 16 TAC.


Backup

size="2" face="Verdana">Quintin Banks size="2" face="Verdana">

RFr. 2006: N/A


face="Verdana">Reshad Jones size="2" face="Verdana">

RFr. 2006: N/A


Reserve/Injured

size="2" face="Verdana">Drew Williams size="2" face="Verdana">, face="Verdana">Antavious Coates size="2" face="Verdana">.


Biggest surprise
of spring


Reshad Jones. Jones was so good this spring that
defensive backs coach
Willie Martinez moved
Donovan Baldwin to cornerback because he knew he would never see
the field at free safety. Jones at a rough freshman
season where he battled injuries and was stuck at the
number three safety spot bounced back and showed the
promise that made him the number one safety in the
country coming out of high school. Jones made plays all
spring and had a tremendous game on G-Day intercepting a
pass and nearly intercepting another. Jones is
progressing so quickly that he may challenge C.J. Byrd
for his job this fall or he could force coach Martinez to
platoon him with Byrd.



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