Spring Preview: Safeties

Spring football just started at the University of Miami so lets take a closer look at what the team will look like. Today, we look at the safety position.

Coach: Paul Williams enters his second season on Miami's coaching staff.

Lost: JoJo Nicolas played safety for most of his career and split time between there and cornerback as a senior. Everyone else returns, minus redshirt freshman Dallas Crawford. He is now playing offense.

Coming Back: Both starters -- Ray Ray Armstrong (134 career tackles and four interceptions) and Vaughn Telemaque (167-4) -- return for their senior seasons. Backups Andreu Swasey (11-0), A.J. Highsmith (12-0), and Kacy Rodgers (6-0) return to provide depth. Thurston Armbrister redshirted last season and is back.

The Players:
Armbrister (6-3/210/R-FR) -- A lightly recruited late addition to the 2011 class, Armbrister didn't play last season and redshirted.

Armstrong (6-4/215/SR) -- The hardest working player on the entire team during the winter, Armstrong has all the tools and is poised for a huge senior season.

Highsmith (6-0/205/R-JR) -- A former quarterback and son of a former Hurricane great, Highsmith has seen limited action in his first few years.

Rodgers (6-2/215/JR) -- A career backup, Rodgers has gone back and forth between cornerback and safety.

Swasey (5-10/205/R-SR) -- The son of UM's strength coach, Swasey earned a spot in the rotation last season and entered spring as the starter, ahead of Telemaque.

Telemaque (6-2/210/R-SR) -- The other returning starter and most experienced player in this group, he has the tools to be a difference maker and just needs to finally put it all together.

What to Expect: Armstrong is one of the most talented players on the team and worked tremendously hard during the offseason. Telemaque has that type of ability too but hasn't put in the same amount of work. He should still earn a starting spot. Swasey is the third guy here, with Highsmith and Rodgers and Armbrister battling for the remaining playing time.


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