Army spring review: Free Safety

Army recently completed its first spring practice under new head coach Jeff Monken. ArmySports.com will now review every position, listing the starter, backup and third string player. In this edition we look at the free safeties.

FREE SAFETY

Starter: Geoffery Bacon Sr.
Back up: Steven Johnson So.
Senior Geoffery Bacon (6-0, 205) impressed the coaches during spring practice. The three year starter was named by his teammates as a co-captain. In the spring game he made three tackles and broke up a pass. Last year Bacon moved from Mike linebacker to free safety. He played well until he was injured against Wake Forest which caused him to miss four games. Bacon struggled playing his first game with a cast on his arm against Air Force despite making ten tackles. He returned to form the next game against Western Kentucky. On the season Bacon played in eight games and made 63 tackles. He earned All-East honors. Bacon is Army’s most athletic defender. They missed not having his speed in the lineup last year for a month. Bacon is an impact player even with his occasionally uneven play. Geoff hustles, chases and will make plays. He has 259 tackles in his West Point career. His naturally aggressive run support instincts make him vulnerable to play action passes over the top.

Sophomore Steven Johnson (6-0, 185) had a great spring game for the Black team. He made seven tackles and recovered a fumble. Johnson had a number of big hits in scrimmages and really laid the lumber. As ArmySports.com mentioned last year, Johnson was a diamond in the rough. He was persuaded to play for his high school team by the head coach as a senior after not having played football for five years. Johnson was an instant star for the Newburgh Free Academy football team at defensive back. Steven picked off eight passes as his team won the state championship. He originally agreed to walk on at FCS Albany University and then New Hampshire started showing interest before he accepted Army’s last minute offer. Johnson saw time in 2012 at the United States Military Academy Prep school at cornerback. He played in a reserve role before he missed a few games after he injured his ACL in practice. After returning he saw more time and started the final game at cornerback against the Naval Academy Prep School. As a plebe Johnson appeared in nine games and made five tackles. He is quick and has improved his strength. He's added nearly fifteen pounds since his senior year. He's really come a long way in a short time. Johnson looks like the potential heir apparent at free safety once Bacon graduates.

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