Army Spring Depth Chart Review: SAM Safety

ArmySports.com continues its review of the Black Knights post spring depth chart. Today we'll look at the SAM safety position. The Black Knights will depend on players like sophomore Hayden Pierce along with Lyle Beloney.

SAM Safety
Starters: Hayden Pierce #9 So.
Back ups: Lyle Beloney #15 Jr.
Player to Watch:

Strong safety Hayden Pierce (32 tackles, 1 pass defensed) had a very solid plebe year starting ten games. He had a few tough moments, like when he was matched up against Miami (Ohio) wide receiver Nick Harwell, but he was very consistent for a freshman. Pierce is very alert and is a sure open field tackler with a smooth stride that gives him excellent range. Pierce is a 6-3, 180 pound player with 4.47 speed in the forty yard dash. With a year of FBS football under his belt, I believe he may play with more confidence. I think he will make more plays on the ball like he did at United States Military Academy Prep School in 2010. Pierce recorded three tackles in the spring game.

Lyle Beloney was one of the more improved players during spring practice. The light seemed to go on for Lyle and he really lifted his game. He avoided the inconsistent plays and technique breakdowns that he experienced at times last year on the practice field that caused him to drop on the depth chart. Beloney has the physical tools for the SAM position. He is 5-11, weighs 197 pounds and possesses 4.48 speed. Beloney has speed, range, and is quick to support against the run. If his play continues to improve this summer he could possibly push Pierce for the starting job.

Again, the players to watch this fall are the incoming direct and prep talent joining the program this fall at safety. One of the most productive players on the USMAPS team was a safety.

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