March 14, 2007

Secondary looking to Rolle in 2007


For the last two years, the knock on Florida State's defense was an inexperienced secondary. For whatever reason, the safety and cornerback positions have been primarily manned by freshmen and sophomores. By seasons end in 2006, Roger Williams, was the only upperclassmen in the two-deep of the secondary.



Entering the 2007 season, every scholarship safety and cornerback returns other than former walk-on Mikhal Kornegay. And in the pre-spring practice two-deep depth chart released by FSU on Wednesday, Williams and backup rover Anthony Houllis are the only players that will be seniors this fall.




Despite the lack of seniors, Mickey Andrews' unit will still be heavy on game experience. Seven players in the secondary have started multiple games in their careers, and two others, Darius McClure and Patrick Robinson, logged extensive minutes on the field last season.



"I think that we have a lot of talent in the secondary and we have a lot of experience," freshman rover Myron Rolle said. "We have guys that have played a bunch of downs even if they haven't started like Patrick Robinson for instance. He didn't start but he is well acquainted to what college football is like and (knows) what coach Andrews expects."



With so much youth in the secondary last season, most of the players were working together in live games for the very first time. At a position were it is essential to know where your teammates are to avoid blown coverages, it look a while for that awareness of each other to gel. But the group finally started to click at season's end.

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