Depth Chart Thoughts: Safety

A rundown of thoughts about each position on the Illinois roster, continuing with safety.

Moving on to safety, a spot with a headliner and a bunch of dude's that, to be honest, I'm not too sure about. I guess that's why they practice and play the games (who's up for some good cliches?)…

First word that comes to mind: Precarious

Second word that comes to mind: Earnest

Third word that comes to mind: Thomas

How I see the pecking order:
Earnest Thomas
Taylor Barton
Zane Petty
Davontay Kwaaning
Jevaris Little
Darwyn Kelly

I think Thomas is a top five player on this football team. I felt that way by the end of last season and he's only improved his play and increased his leadership presence since then.

My opinion couldn't be higher on Thomas.

But this isn't quarterback. This is safety, where it takes two to stir the pot.

Barton, Petty, Little, Kwaaning and Kelly -- a combined ZERO games played. Think about that. Keeping thinking about, you know for added emphasis. You have a position on this team with ONE (bad word) player with ANY game experience.

So forgive me when I say, holy yikes!

Barton earned the starting job in fall camp, proving me wrong after I predicted Petty would eventually beat him out. My bad. I'll credit Barton, he's a steady player to be in only his second year on campus. He's got the right size and seems to make good enough reads.

Petty is coming along after missing most of the offseason with an injury, so we'll see how much run and depth he can contribute.

The rest of the bunch… Awww, let's just move on before I get too worked up. It's not worth it. I think those guys can grow and get better. It's just ridiculous to see such a lack of experienced personnel at such a crucial position.

Brief breakdown:
Thrive in the big role: Thomas
Do no harm, now is not the time to be a hero: Barton
Everybody wins when you push to get better: Petty
Yeah, you already know: Everybody else.

Final thought: In a nutshell, Earnest good. Everybody else, go get it. No injuries. Can't do injuries here.


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