FSU soccer had a big weakness in its secondary in 2018. Harlon Barnett may well have presently solved that situation with some important personnel improvements.
FSU soccer gave up 30 passing touchdowns and 3,224 passing yards past period. Both are the most of any FSU defense in over a 10 years when letting opposing offenses to average 31.5 ypg.
That’s also the most details allowed average considering the fact that I can bear in mind and perhaps at any time. I anticipated the FSU defense to give up huge plays right here and there simply because of the emphasis on stopping the operate.
The cornerbacks had their struggles at periods for guaranteed, but 1 of the largest culprits was the security place.
The personnel struggled in the scheme and was uncovered as the Noles progressed as a result of the period towards greater teams.
Even so, the defense gave up the adhering to in 2018:
- 173 plays of 10+ yards (tied 57th in nation)
- 60 plays of 20+ yards (tied 65th in nation)
- 25 plays of 30+ yards (tied 52nd in nation)
- 17 plays of 40+ yards (tied 91st in nation)
Harlon Barnett understood security was heading to be an situation and its why Stanford Samuels III was moved from cornerback at the beginning of the period though he was battling an damage.
He ultimately moved again to cornerback when Levonta Taylor was missing for the yr. I really do not have the stats in front of me, but I’m guaranteed a massive portion of the stats over involved the security place currently being isolated by opposing offenses.
It looks like the place has presently been upgraded after the 1st working day of spring follow and which is not hyperbole.
Former 5-star Jaiden Lars-Woodbey has moved again to his natural security place after participating in the “Star” function past period. Levonta Taylor is also having reps at security and he was the former No. 1 overall cornerback coming out of high faculty.
Four-star defensive again Carlos Becker is at last nutritious and having reps. That’s a few gifted gamers with working experience ideal there. Cyrus Fagan and Isaiah Bolden are even now in the combine and former four star safeties.
Then there’s Akeem Dent and Raymond Woodie III who are having reps at security as a true freshmen that early enrolled. Four star signees Travis Jay and Brendan Gant will on campus this summer time.
I just can’t convey how considerably expertise that is with a number of of these gamers fantastic adequate to engage in both equally security and cornerback.
Of class the secondary will be dependent on the defensive line to get strain on opposing quarterbacks, but it presently has greater personnel and depth than it did all of past yr.