Washington, Walker could revamp secondary

With the departure of veteran Eric Smith, MSU has a void in its deep secondary. While starter Greg Cooper returns MSU went the junior college route to grab a couple of safeties with playing experience. Pavel Kofman takes a look at how these two players might impact the MSU defense.

With 13 Seniors gone from last season's roster, the Spartans will have a lot of starting spots to fill come training camp.

So far, 13 verbal commitments are already projected in the fold for 2006, including two junior college safeties that could fill the void left by senior safety Eric Smith.

6-foot-1 Mombroso Washington (San Bernardino, CA) and 6-foot-0 Nehemiah Warrick (Hutchinson, KS) will come to Michigan State for their junior seasons, bringing speedy 40-yard times of 4.50 secs.

Both players are three-star prospects based on scout.com's ratings and can really help a Spartan defense that struggled constantly during last year's 5-6 season.

Safeties are the last line of defense in the secondary and the speed that these two players have is an advantage to any secondary. There are many speedy receivers in the Big Ten such as Indiana's James Hardy, Purdue's Dorien Bryant and of course Ohio State's Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr.

Nehemiah Warrick originally played wide receiver for the Hutchinson Community College Blue-Dragons. He entered the school as a walk-on and his talent led to playing time and a move to safety.

Warrick was the second-leading tackler on the Dragons with 60 total tackles. He also had two interceptions, eight passes broken up, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Warrick is the complete player for his additional play at wide receiver and special teams on the side from his main safety position.

He had seven kickoff returns for 208 yards, including a touchdown. He also returned two punts for 38 yards and still managed to catch a few passes, hauling in three receptions for 57 yards.

Warrick may also compete for a special teams kick return role as well, helping out the Spartans in two areas that they definitely need help in.

The combination of Washington and Warrick isn't likely to be the starting group, but they certainly will increase the competition and production. The Spartans will also welcome back sophomore Cole Corey and freshmen Tom Dance and Otis Wiley all of whom will compete for playing time with the unit.

One things for certain, MSU will sport a new look in the secondary and hopefully better production from a unit that was torched early and often in 2005.

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