The Florida State secondary struggled in 2018.

The Seminoles permitted 269 passing yards for every recreation (120th in school football) and gave up the fifth most passing touchdowns (30) of any staff in school football.

FSU was pretty younger on the back conclusion with underclassmen commencing in various roles.

The a person participant confirmed to commence in the secondary is Stanford Samuels III. Samuels began at both of those free basic safety and cornerback all through the 2018 season. 

Samuels III led the staff with four interceptions and had 58 tackles, four pass break-ups, and a deal with for reduction. 

He will most likely continue being at cornerback for the 2019 season.

The other cornerback location with be up for grabs amongst Levonta Taylor, Asante Samuel Jr., A.J. Lytton, Kyle Meyers, and Isaiah Bolden.

Taylor began 8 video games last season, but a back injury minimal what he was in a position to do. He finished the year with 19 tackles, 3 pass break-ups, and an interception in opposition to Samford that he returned for a touchdown.

He was a standout performer in 2017 and should be the favorite to win the task in 2019.

Samuel Jr. loaded in for Taylor last year and carried out pretty very well. He is a limited corner, but his mentality and athletic capacity permitted him to hold up fairly very well in coverage in opposition to larger receivers. 

He had 17 tackles and a staff-high 9 pass break-ups. 

Myers and Lytton both of those played last season, but are driving Taylor and Samuel Jr. for the commencing task. The two will be in the rotation. Bolden skipped most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Carlos Becker has yet to continue to be healthful at FSU, but he is a person of the most effective athletes on FSU’s roster. If he can continue to be healthful he could struggle for actively playing time in 2019 at basic safety or corner.

Freshman Akeem Dent is on campus after early enrolling. He could make an early impact at cornerback or basic safety dependent on where FSU would like to use him.

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Basic safety is likely to see a little bit of a shake-up. 

Sophomore Jaiden Lars-Woodbey may be relocating back to basic safety at the commence of the spring. Junior Hamsah Nasirildeen would be relocating down to the star position if Woodbey moves to basic safety.

Lars-Woodbey had 58 tackles, 8 pass break-ups, 4.5 tackles for reduction, and a sack at star his freshman year in 2018, but was recruited as a basic safety out of high faculty. 

Nasirildeen led the staff with 91 tackles in 2018. He also added an interception and two pass break-ups. 

Junior Cyrus Fagan struggled in 2018 and scarcely played. He is a person of the gamers that most demands to have a robust spring. 

FSU also brought in Raymond Woodie III, son of FSU linebackers coach Raymond Woodie Jr., as an early enrollee at basic safety. 

Distinctive Groups

FSU returns kicker Ricky Aguayo and punter Logan Tyler this spring, as very well as commencing punt returner D.J. Matthews. 

All those positions are most likely locked up this spring. Aguayo could be challenged by incoming kicker Ryan Fitzgerald in the slide, but Fitzgerald isn’t really on campus yet.

Aguayo designed just 11 of his 17 subject target makes an attempt in 2018.

Kickoff returners Anthony Grant, Cam Akers, Keyshawn Helton, and Khalan Laborn all return. Laborn is recovering from a dislocated knee injury that kept him out the remaining 10 video games of the season so he could be minimal. 

Grant led the staff averaging 22.5 yards for every return. Helton was next averaging 21.8.

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