2006 Vanderbilt position overview: Safeties

Safeties are the final line of defense and could mean the difference between a 7-yard completion and an 80-yard touchdown run or pass for the opposition. Today VandyMania takes a look at Vanderbilt safeties.

LOSSES

Kelechi Ohanaja

THE SKINNY

Vanderbilt loses old, reliable Kelchi Ohanaja but experience abounds. Vanderbilt's safeties are developing a hard-hitting reputation. The 2006 unit has a nice combination of experience and youth.

THE MEN

Reshard Langford (6-2, 218 SO): Langford is an emerging superstar who during the 2005 season had 54 total tackles, three tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Langford, who started all 11 games, was a selected to the Coaches All-SEC Freshman team.

Funtaine Hunter (6-3, 218 SR): Hunter finished spring drills as the #2 strong safety behind Reshard Langford. He could also see action on at defensive end in passing situations. Hunter, who saw action in all 11 games last season, has 13 career tackles.

Ben Koger (6-1, 200 SR): Koger finished spring drills as the #2 free safety behind redshirt freshman Ryan Hamilton. Koger, who has seen action in every game during his career, could win the starting position back in preseason practice. Koger has 44 career tackles for Vanderbilt.
Ryan Hamilton (6-1, 205 FR*): Won the starting free safety spot during spring drills. Head coach Bobby Johnson has stated that the hard-hitting Hamilton will be an impact newcomer for 2006 Commodores.

THE FUTURE

Brent Trice (6-2, 195 FR): Trice had three interceptions and 10 sacks at Fork Union Military Academy last season. As a senior at Orange County high school (Virginia) Trice had 81 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception and two blocked field goals.

Turner Wimberly (6-1, 195 FR): Had 2,100 total offense at West Lake High School (Texas) as a senior. Attended Prep School at the Hun School where he earned New Jersey Player of the Year honors.

Myron Lewis (6-3, 195 FR): Lewis had 16 interceptions, 70 receptions and scored more than 30 touchdowns during his prep career. Broke up 20 passes as a senior.

REMARKS

This is another solid position for Vanderbilt. Probably only slightly behind the linebacker corps in ability/experience. Talented freshmen Trice, Wimberly and Lewis are insurance that the Vanderbilt safety position will be a strong position for the Commodores over the next few years.

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