Spring Practice Preview: Safety

Maybe the biggest question mark going into the spring on the defensive side of the ball is at safety. After several poor recruiting classes at both spots, safety is a position where the Seminoles need to see marked improvement. NoleDigest takes a look at the position and what fans can expect as spring approaches.


24 Darius McClure 5-11 207 R-SR: After spending the past 4 years as the primary back-up at both safety positions, McClure heads into spring as the most experienced free safety on the roster. McClure needs to come out of the spring showing he is ready to be the man in the fall.

26 Anthony Leon 6-4 228 R-SO: When Leon came in, many people thought FSU had their version of the late Sean Taylor. Leon has battled the injury bug and has had problems learning the position. Leon was a high risk/high rewards prospect coming in, and if he is ever going to contribute now is the time. The measurables are there. Can the mental part catch up?

20 Jamie Robinson 6-2 187 R-JR: Robinson's move to free safety may be the best move the coaches made in the off-season, and is one that fans have been calling for for almost 2 years. Jamie has prototypical size and coverage ability to excel, but must use this spring to work on his tackling.

What to expect: This is the weakest part of the defense for FSU. There is very little experience and depth here, so McClure must stay healthy. Robinson is a guy who can come into the spring and earn himself a guaranteed starting role if he steps it up. Leon is the wild card. Either the light turns on now, or he's going to be a guy who FSU never gets anything out of.


3 Myron Rolle 6-2 218 JR: Much has been said about Rolle. Fans expectations are high for this talented safety, as they should be. Some fans think he hasn't been used in the role he should. Mickey Andrews has said numerous times that Myron will be used in a variety of ways this fall, so look for him to use this spring to learn the new schemes and plays that will be featuring his abilities.

23 Roosevelt Lawson 5-11 202 R-SR: Lawson has been a special teams guy his 5 years at FSU. What the coaches can expect is depth here. If he is needed as a featured rover, the Seminoles will be hurting a bit. Lawson is talented, but very inexperienced.

39 Rod Roberts 6-0 196 SR: Roberts is a walk-on who is going to be depended on to step up and add to the depth at the rover position. Roberts learning and getting reps are key for FSU.

What to expect: This may be Rolle's final year at FSU, so look for him to use this spring to put the final touches on his game going into the fall. If Andrews goes through with his plans, look for a huge year from Myron. Also, if Jamie Robinson beats out McClure, look for Darius to fill the same role he has played in being the 2nd string to both safety spots. FSU is expecting Nick Moody in the fall, so expect him to get into the rotation then.

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