Vaughn Telemaque (6-2/210/Sr) ... 167 tackles, 9 PBU's, and 4 INT's
A.J. Highsmith (6-0/195/Jr) ... 12 tackles
Andreu Swasey (5-10/205/Sr) ... 11 tackles, 1 PBU
Kacy Rodgers (6-2/210/Jr) ... 6 tackles
Rayshawn Jenkins (6-1/200/Fr)
Top Returner: Telemaque is far and away the best player coming back at this position. He was set to team with Ray Ray Armstrong to provide the Canes with a very solid pair or starting safeties. Armstrong was removed from the team recently, which makes Telemaque's senior season much more important. He's been a starter since his freshman season and has been a steady performer. The Canes are hoping he elevates his game to another level this fall and becomes one of the top safeties in the conference. He has those skills to make it happen.
Top Newcomer: Jenkins is the only player in the 2012 recruiting class that was recruited by Miami to play safety. He played mostly quarterback at a very small high school though so his transition to playing major college football may take a little longer than usual. Keep an eye on Deon Bush here. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he was recruited nationally as a cornerback but has experience playing safety and could see the field right away due to his ability and the depth issues that are now present.
Bottom Line: Telemaque has turned in solid play over his first three seasons -- never anything more. It remains to be seen if he can really take his game to another level. It probably just got a little more difficult without having Armstrong playing next to him. Swasey was an unrecruited Juco transfer who has logged time due to depth issues. Highsmith came here as a quarterback and has limited ability. Rodgers has bounced between cornerback and safety for his first two seasons. Depth here is a major concern, as the Canes really need a freshman to step up and make a big impact. Bush, not Jenkins, is the most likely to make that happen. And Swasey, Highsmith, or Rodgers really needs to step up and become a starter-caliber player but it remains to be seen if they can do that.