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3 BJ Edmonds 6’0/203 Fr.
20 Alan “Bo” Sentimore 6’0/180 RJr
21 Cody Brown 6’2/202 Sr.
27 Money Hunter 6’2/185 Sr.
29 Chris Humes 5’11/206 RSr.
35 Mark Johnson 6’2/180 RJr.
With no losses to graduation, the safety position is probably the most stable position of any in the back end of the defense.
Cody Brown, Money Hunter, and Chris Humes all had at least 41 tackles and two interceptions last season, for the most part negating the loss of Bo Sentimore to an ankle injury against Missouri.
Sentimore seems to be at full strength now, and again is playing centerfield for this group of ballhawks.
Brown led the charge last year with 65 tackles and three interceptions, meriting preseason All-Conference honors. The coaches have praised his leadership and communication in the back end, with safeties coach Allen Johnson calling him “the quarterback of the defense” from his Strong Safety position.
Humes filled in for Sentimore and came away with 50 tackles and two interceptions. Humes is as physically gifted as anyone on the roster, spending some time in the Spring at cornerback, however he does need to clean up some flaws he has in his game.
Hunter can fill in at either safety position and in the past has practiced at the nickel position as well. The son of Major League great Torii Hunter has slimmed down in the offseason and looks much quicker as a result, though no less hungry for contact. Hunter came up with 41 tackles and three interceptions, and is the owner of the two longest interception returns in AState history (95 and 99 yards).
Sentimore thrilled the crowd with his winding interception return versus Missouri but was lost later to a fractured ankle. Coach Johnson calls him a “playmaker” and he is a product of the school featured on the Netflix series “Last Chance U” where he was part of a national championship team.
Mark Johnson has been a special teams staple the past couple of years. His straight-line speed and willingness to hit have been invaluable in that capacity.
BJ Edmonds came in this summer as a freshman and has really impressed the coaches with his athletic ability and football knowledge. It seems he will find his way into the rotation if nothing else on special teams.
Possible Depth Chart
Free Safety Strong Safety
Bo Sentimore Cody Brown
Chris Humes Money Hunter
BJ Edmonds Mark Johnson