With the kids heading back from spring break, there’s an interesting contrast shaping up for the rest of spring practice in the defensive back seven. Both levels saw a bunch of talented starters leave, but the similarities end there.
If the spring hype is to be believed, a starting four at linebacker is coming into focus: Wilson and Herrera inside; DeLoach and Jenkins on the outside. (DeLoach’s shot is the most tentative, given Vasser’s experience, which is a trait Grantham values.) Those coming in now and in the summer will be valuable for depth purposes, but I’m starting to get a welcome sense of stability at the position.
Compare that to the secondary, where, outside of Damian Swann starting at one of the corner positions, it’s about as wide open as it gets. In fact, it’s so wide open that it’s hard to say that much of the two-deep will get locked down before the players coming in this summer arrive.
If you think that makes me nervous about facing Clemson’s offense in the opener, you’re right.