Spring 2006: Tulane Secondary Personnel

Spring 2006: Tulane Secondary Personnel

Safety was a senior-heavy position in 2005 with Tra Boger, Sean Lucas, and Darren Sapp getting the lion's share of the game time. Heavy losses, but junor strong safety Joseph Goosby figured in the 2005 game rotation, totalling 25 tackles. Otherwise, safety has to be rebuilt from the ground up

Tonight we're going to take an end-of-spring look, player-by-player, at the secondary personnel.

Safety was a senior-heavy position in 2005 with Tra Boger, Sean Lucas, and Darren Sapp getting the lion's share of the game time. Heavy losses, but junor strong safety Joseph Goosby figured in the 2005 game rotation, totalling 25 tackles. Otherwise, safety has to be rebuilt from the ground up.

Goosby figures to be a stalwart and comes out of spring practice as the starter at strong safety.

Redshirt junior Carlis Jackson is the apparent starter at free safety. So far in his career Jackson has primarily seen action on special teams. 11 career tackles, 4 tackles last season. Features very good speed and athleticism and had a solid spring.

Behind Goosby is junior David Skehan. Skehan is a walk on who became a special teams contributor in 2005, playing in all 11 games and making 5 tackles. Skehan also had a good spring.

There are other two strong safeties: redshirt freshman Cory Sonnier and walk on Christian Okoye, another redshirt freshman. At this point, neither seems a threat to break into the game rotation but August could be another story.

Behind Jackson is junior Louis Thomas. Thomas, who played in 7 games on special teams in 2005 and made 1 tackle, is a transfer from Northeastern Louisiana. There's an opportunity for an incoming freshman to move into the game rotation here.

The situation at cornerback is the obverse of safety. Bruce Youmans started all 11 games in 2005, but complete his eligibility, llelaving a hole at one corner.

The end-of-spring starters at the two cornerback positions, Jeremy Foreman and Israel Route, both seniors, have extensive game experience. Foreman has made 17 career starts, playing in a total of 30 games. Thus far in his career Jeremy has made 71 tackles, 3 interceptions and broken up 6 passes. Izzy has made 14 career starts, 8 last season, and altogether has played in 31 games, made 94 tackles, 4 interceptions and broken up 11 passes. Despite his lack of size, Route is a player. Both Foreman and Route had solid springs.

Redshirt sophomore Josh Lumar played in all 11 games in 2005, and made 1 start. Josh totalled 8 tackles. Coming out of spring, Josh is listed as Foreman's backup.

Sophomore Matt Harding played in all 11 games, mainly on special teams, totalling 4 tackles. Harding is the fastest player on the team, and comes out of spring as the backup to Route.

Junior O'Lindsey Brown is a sophomore walk on who played in 2 games on special teams last season. Brown shows up on the depth chart behind Route and Harding.

There's probably room in the game rotation at cornerback for a true freshman, and even more room on special teams for freshmen defensive backs who can run.

This wraps up our end-of-spring look at Green Wave personnel on both sides of the ball.

Our next football-related project will be a look at the incoming freshmen class, with a view to evaluating which player at each position is most likely to get playing time as a freshman.

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