The theme of veteran leaders in the defensive backfield carries over from the cornerbacks to the safety and husky positions in 2022.
A pair of fifth-year safeties likely sit atop the depth chart in Bryant Fitzgerald and Devon Matthews. Fitzgerald spent much of the 2021 season at the hybrid safety-linebacker husky position, but he is back working as a free safety this spring.
Noah Pierre, another fifth year player who has manned every position in the defensive backfield including most recently cornerback in 2021, is back at the husky spot.
Behind the veterans are largely unproven but promising younger players who will compete for spots in the rotation.
SAFETIES AND HUSKIES
Leaving: Raheem Layne, S (eligibility), Marcelino Ball, H (eligibility) Juwan Burgess, S (transfer), Jordan Jusevitch, S (transfer), Ty Wise, H (transfer), Maurice Freeman, H (transfer).
Key Returning: Bryant Fitzgerald, S (redshirt senior+), Noah Pierre, H (redshirt senior+), Devon Matthews, S (senior+), Jonathan Haynes, S (senior+), Josh Sanguinetti, S (redshirt junior), Deland McCullough, S (redshirt junior), Bryson Bonds, S (junior), Jordan Grier, S/H (sophomore).
Incoming Freshmen: Phillip Dunnam (3-star freshman)
Below are our prior 2022 spring position summaries.
Leaving: Reese Taylor (transfer – Purdue), Larry Tracy III (transfer – Illinois State)
Key Returning: Tiawan Mullen (senior), Jaylin Williams (senior+), Lem Watley-Neeley (redshirt sophomore), Christopher Keys (redshirt freshman), Larry Smith (redshirt freshman)
Incoming Freshmen: Trevell Mullen (4-star freshman), James Monds III (3-star freshman), Jamari Sharpe (3-star freshman)
Position Change: Noah Pierre (senior) has moved to the husky position this spring.
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