Navy Spring Review: Free Safety

Navy recently completed its spring drills. GoMids.com’s Jim Lawler will now review every Midshipmen position and name a starter, a backup and a third string player to watch. In this segment he reviews the free safeties.

FREE SAFETY
Starters: Lorentez Barbour Sr.
Backup: Randy Beggs So.
Backup: Justin Norton So.

Navy has big shoes to fill with the graduation of free safety captain Parrish Gaines. Lorentez Barbour, last year's backup, moves up the depth chart to assume the starting spot. The senior played in every game on special teams last year and made four tackles. The 6-1”, 194 pound Barbour is active and aggressive in run support. He had played quarterback in high school which helped him understands pass patterns on defense. He demonstrates a nice feel for coverage and has good range. Barbour is a good athlete but has seen very limited playing reps.

Sophomore Randy Beggs (6-0”, 185) had a nice spring to be listed as the co-backup free safety. Beggs played on the JV team as a plebe. He is a former three-star Scout.com direct admit safety recruit from Vista Murrieta in California. He is always around the football and flies around hitting everything that moves. Beggs made 125 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks his senior season in high school.

Justin Norton (6-2”, 185) is battling for the backup spot. The sophomore is a tall safety with good size, speed and range. I was impressed by Justin when he played safety at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2013. Norton is a physical, tough player who plays bigger than his listed weight. He does an excellent job in run support.

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