After moving to free safety at the beginning of spring, junior SirDarean Adams moves back into his comfort zone as starting bandit linebacker.
While Adams gets a starting role, sophomore quarterback Brian Hoyer was named the backup to Drew Stanton, the team captain. Hoyer claims the important job of the man behind the scenes to one of the most important players on the field, but he has also shown what he can do in limited action last season.
Hoyer completed 15 of 23 passes and throwing two touchdowns in five games last season. Hoyer beats out freshman Domenic Natale for the spot.
After losing senior safety Eric Smith, the Spartans felt like Adams would be a good fit moving to safety and trying it out in spring ball. But among the reasons for moving back to bandit was the depth at safety already.
Adams had 60 tackles last season for a Spartan defense that struggled at times.
First off, SirDarean's move back to his comfort spot can only make the Spartan defense better.
With the emergence of Nehemiah Warrick in the safety role, as well as others bidding for that role, the safety position will feature great depth and fresh legs that can run with the power wideouts of the Big Ten.
The Spartan defense will be under the microscope this season, while the offense remains strong with Drew Stanton and a lethal cast of supporting backs and wideouts.
The strength could lie in the defense, which has depth at various positions.
As for Hoyer, with a year under his belt, he was quietly favored for the backup role. Hoyer played well as the backup last year and he should do the same this season should he be called upon.
A little wishful thinking by John L. Smith and the entire Spartan nation will hopefully keep Hoyer on the bench, unless he plays in a Spartan blowout.
Natale stands as the third on the quarterback depth chart, and will only keep improving for next season, when he could challenge Hoyer or any other players for the starting nod in 2007.
PRACTICE UPDATE: The Spartans will have an open practice beginning at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 15th.