Green Wave Safeties

Green Wave Safeties

Although veteran Joey Dawson, who recorded 211 tackles in three years of competition, has departed, the Green Wave regain the services of veteran strong safety Trawick Boger, who missed enough of 2005 to obtain a medical redshirt. Boger has already made 268 tackles in his three seasons and two games of playing time

Safety should be a position of strength for the Green Wave in 2005. Although veteran Joey Dawson, who recorded 211 tackles in three years of competition, has departed, the Green Wave regain the services of veteran strong safety Trawick Boger, who missed enough of 2005 to obtain a medical redshirt. Boger has already made 268 tackles in his three seasons and two games of playing time. The former high school quarterback moved to free safety in the spring.

Brandon Spincer, who sent 2004 as a part time starter at strong safety, moved back to linebacker but Sean Lucas is always available to move from cornerback to free safety and back. At one time or another, Lucas has started at every position in the secondary. Including Lucas as a safety, the unit has three seniors.

Lucas might be better suited for safety than corner, but there's usually a reason for position shifts. In this case the factor behind Lucas spending spring practice mostly at corner seems to be to look at Boger closely at free safety. If Boger passed the test, than strong safety could fall to Joe Goosby. Goosby is a promising player with a lot of upside. The secondary would probably be stronger with both Boger and Goosby as the starting safeties and Lucas at corner than with Lucas at free safety and Boger at strong. It appears that Eric Schuman, Tulane's defensive coordinator - he's also the posiiton coach for the safeties - is trying to get his best players on the field.

Here's the depth chart prior to the Louisville game:
SS 27 Joey Dawson.....6-2 200 Sr... 5 Brandon Spincer.....6-2 210 Jr.-R OR 18 Joe Goosby.......6-0 200 Fr.
FS 31 Sean Lucas .......5-11 192 Jr...30 Darren Sapp..........6-0 208 Jr.R

And here's the official pre-spring depth chart
SS 30 Darren Sapp 6-0 211 Sr.R...18 Joe Goosby 6-0 203 So.
FS 2 Tra Boger 6-1 223 Sr.R...35 Renovell Hill 6-1 193 Fr.R...14 Carlis Jackson 6-0 178 So.

Let's take a look at the career stats for the players with returning game experience.

Sean Lucas
GP GS Solo Ast Total TFL Sacks Int BrUp QBH FR FF BlkK Saf
2004 statistics 11 11 40 38 78 1.5 . 0 5 0 0 2 0 0
Career stats 36 25 147 87 234 10.0 2.5 7 18 0 3 3 0 0

Tra Boger
GP GS Solo Ast Total TFL Sacks Int BrUp QBH FR FF BlkK Saf
2004 statistics 2 1 7 11 18 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Career stats 39 19 156 112 268 6 1 6 11 0 2 7 0 0

Darren Sapp
GP GS Solo Ast Total TFL Sacks Int BrUp QBH FR FF BlkK Saf
2004 statistics 11 0 10 4 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career stats 27 3 41 17 58 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0

Joe Goosby
GP GS Solo Ast Total TFL Sacks Int BrUp QBH FR FF BlkK Saf
2004 statistics 11 1 13 8 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

In addition to Boger, Lucas, Sapp and Goosby, Tulane adds Renovell Hill, who redshirted last season and Carlis Jackson, who saw considerable action on special teams last season and moved to safety from corner prior to spring practice. Jackson, who offers a physical package featuring both speed and athleticism, possessing 4.5 speed and a 36-inch vertical jump, recorded 7 tackles in his first season of competition. 7 tackles is a pretty good number for a special teamer.

Hill will probably serve an apprenticeship on special teams before joining the game rotation.

The only signee who projects to play at either of the safety positions is Corey Sonnier, from Clear Brook High School in Houston. Sonnier is a pretty good athlete who, so far this track season, has posted bests of 20' 6" 1/2 in the long jump and 41' 3" in the triple jump.

They key to success at safety, as well as with every other unit, is staying injury free. If Tulane can stay virtually injury free, they will be a strong contender for the conference championship game and a bowl berth.

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