Pack Pride Profile: SS Garland Heath

After two seasons playing behind NFL-bound Andre Maddox, Garland Heath now finds himself as the likely replacement.

Garland Heath

Junior Strong Safety

No. 19

6-2, 220 pounds

Glades Central High School, Belle Glade, Fla

2003 stats

-In 2003, Heath played in all 13 games- registering 36 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, two fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown and one interception.

-In 2003, Heath was in for 191 plays. He recorded a tackle or interception on 19% of the plays (37).

2004 stats

-Last season Heath made 13 tackles.

Awards

-None

High School Accolades

-all county

-all state

-No. 78 player in Florida by SuperPrep

-three star prospect

-committed to NC State over Pittsburgh (offer)

Recruited by:

-WR coach Doc Holliday

2005 Outlook

- By chance or design, the safety position at NC State saw a decline in stats in 2004. This was evident in the final numbers for both Andre Maddox and Garland Heath. Heath, in particular, saw his tackle total dwindle from 36 to 13. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that many plays were stopped before the safety ever got a chance to become involved due to the Pack's smothering defensive line. Headed into fall practice, Heath is the likely selection to replace Maddox. He has 24 games of experience under his belt and plays with LB-type size in the defensive backfield. That size has made him a force in run support in the past but he'll need to become a steadying force in pass coverage this year- a unit that will boast talent but an overall lack of experienced depth

Recognition Potential

- As crazy as it may sound, the Pack may actually be better off if Heath does not have a monster year stat-wise. Should that happen, there's a decent chance that things have broken down in front of him or State needed to get the safety heavily involved in run support which could leave a pencil-thin pass defense vulnerable. With that said, Heath is a very talented player with the skills to make big plays. Post-season honors may not come this year, but with a year of starting experience under his belt, 2006 could potentially be a big year for Heath.


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