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Secondary Coming Together

June 04, 2012 at 11:34am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Every time a Gator gets a banner pic, an angel's wings rot and fall off.
And just like that, an interesting article with good information. Pewter Report published a piece on the safety position, specifically Ahmad Black‘s role in it, and PFT did a good job of condensing it down if you don’t feel like reading the whole thing. And now I’ll condense it down even further.

Barber is now the starting free safety, while Barron is running with the first-team defense at strong safety. According to, Ahmad Black has emerged as Barber’s primary backup, with Grimm working behind Barron.

There are three other safeties in the mix besides those four: Larry Asante, Sean Baker and Tramain Thomas. From what we know, Devin Holland has moved from safety to corner. Teams generally keep four or five safeties, so Asante looks to be on the bubble while the others will serve as meat for the next couple months. The previous regime was high on Asante, but I haven’t heard anything one way or the other as to what Schiano and the new coaches think of him.

One fundamental change that could hurt Black’s opportunity for playing time is that the safety positions are no longer interchangeable as they were in the Bucs defense under Kiffin and Morris. Black hasn’t been learning the strong safety spot at all.

Safety was a huge need coming out of the 2011 season and now it looks like a strength. And with the acquisition of Eric Wright, hopefully the Bucs have found someone to take Ronde’s vacated spot at corner. The defensive backfield seems to be shaping up. Now if the defensive line can get a pass-rush going so the secondary isn’t covering for ten seconds at a time, we’ll be all set.

One Comment to “Secondary Coming Together”

Mark S

Mark S (June 05, 2012 at 08:17am:

I am not surprised at Ronde being the starting free safety and I think he will be great there. He is a natural ball hawk and this position gives him a better view of what is going on. I am surprised that Black is the backup at FS and Grimm the backup at SS. I thought this would be other way around. Didn’t Grimm do very well as a starting FS?

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