Preview 2008: Defensive backs

Preseason practice continues and as part of VandyMania.com's continuing preview of the 2008 Vanderbilt football team today we check out the defensive backs. The Commodores open their 2008 season on August 28th when they visit Miami (Ohio).

Update: August 4th- VU secondary picked No. 1 in the SEC by CollegefootballNews.com.

Overview:

Starters lost:

Cornerbacks

None.

Safeties

None.

Returning starters:

Cornerbacks

Myron Lewis (6-2, 202, Jr.)- Had an impressive 12 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and an interception. The staff thinks Lewis is ready for a break out year
D.J. Moore (5-10, 182, Jr.)- First team All-SEC in 2007. Had 83 tackles, 6 interceptions and a sack.
Darlron Spead (NB) (5-10, 185, R-Sr.)- Spead has four interceptions and six pass breakups during his career.

Safeties

Ryan Hamilton (6-1, 208, R-Jr.)- Finished 68 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, one recovered fumble and five passes broken up. Has 111 career tackles.
Reshard Langford (6-2, 210, R-Sr.)- A punishing hitter, Lanford, in his career, has 170 tackles, 8 interceptions and 18 passes broken up.

Others to watch:

Cornerbacks
Josh Allen (5-9, 182, R-Sr.)- Veteran player started seven games during the 2005 season. Josh had his first interception in 2007. Has broken up 11 passes during his career.
Jared Fagan (5-10, 182, Sr.)- Fagan will long be remembered by Vandy fans for his game ending interception in the memorable win over Tennessee in 2005.
Casey Hayward (6-0, 178, Fr.)- As a senior Had four interceptions as a defensive back in high school.
Micah Powell (6-0, 192, Fr.)- Had 72 tackles and three interceptions as a senior in high school.
Alex Schultz (5-11, 175, Jr.)- Walk on.
Alan Strong (5-10, 175, R-So.)- Picked off a pass against Eastern Michigan last year. Talented player with a great attitude who gives Vanderbilt good depth. Strong will allow DJ to play some nickel and match up with slot receivers

Safeties
Joel Caldwell (6-1, 195, R-Jr.)- Has seen action in every game over the past two years. Has 55 career tackles and two pass break ups.
Al Owens (6-2, 198, Fr.)- As a senior had 58 total tackles, five tackles for loss, one interception and three forced fumbles
Will Parker Roe (5-10, 175, R-Fr.)- Walk on.
Sean Richardson- Had 101 tackles, three interceptions and forced fumbles.

Note: Brent Trice was moved from safety to strongside linebacker on August, 1st.

Projected starters:

Cornerbacks

Myron Lewis
D.J. Moore
Darlron Spead (NB)

Safeties

Ryan Hamilton
Reshard Langford

Biggest question for 2008: Will D.J. Moore match his 2007 performance?

Vanderbilt defensive backs power rating (1-10): 9.5


Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore, left, is stopped by Florida's Bryan Thomas (31) and Cade Holiday, on a 46-yard kickoff return during the second half of a football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Florida won 49-22.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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