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2010 Seminoles to feature one of the heaviest safety groups in CFB

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The need to get bigger has been well chronicled (and first heralded by Bud Elliot) here at TN. Do yourself a favor and read the "Size Matters" articles pinnned along the side of the website and make liberal use of the "Search" function. Then take a look at the following:

FSU’s projected starting safeties:

Nick Moody – 6’2" – 228 lbs.
Terrance Parks – 6’2" – 218 lbs.

vs. 2009 starting backfield:

Mangum – 6’0" 200 lbs.
J. Robinson – 6’2" 188 lbs.

vs. projected starting backfields from around the league:

LSU
Brandon Taylor | 6-0, 191, So., 1V
Jai Eugene | 5-11, 182, Jr., 2V

Bama:
Mark Barron | 6-2, 210, Jr., 2V
Robert Lester | 6-2, 206, So., 1V

BC:
Marty Bowman | 6-2, 217, Jr., 3V
Wes Davis | 6-1, 221, GS1., 2V

UF:
Ahmad Black | 5-9, 190, Sr., 2V
Will Hill | 6-1, 207, Jr., 2V

UM:
Joseph Nicolas | 6-1, 205, Jr., 3V
Vaughn Telemaque | 6-2, 207, So., 2V

OSU:
Orhian Johnson | 6-2, 203, So., 1V
Jermale Hines | 6-1, 216, Sr., 3V

TCU:
Alex Ibiloye | 6-0, 190, Sr., 3V
Tejay Johnson | 6-1, 212, Sr., 3V

Clemson:
Rashard Hall | 6-1, 190, So., 1V
DeAndre McDaniel | 6-1, 200, Sr., 3V

(Source: Rivals)

That's an astounding 60 lbs. difference in safety size from 2009 to 2010 for FSU, and anecdotally heavier than many other major CFB safety groups. This reflects a fundamental difference in personnel philosophy at the safety position. Moody did see action last year, but not enough, especially when considering who was above him on the depth chart ^shudder^.

Look for Stoops to demonstrate the same base coverages he employed against heavy-spread offenses such as Oregon: Cover 3, and Cover 4.

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Arizona is in a 4-3 alignment here, but both safeties are within 10-12 yards of the LOS scrimmage. This is classic quarters coverage: 2 CBs and 2 S have deep zone coverages, with each player responsible for "1/4" of the deep field. With so many bodies guarding deep, the safeties can creep up to potentially help in run support.

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Later in the game, same alignment, same philosophy regarding safety depth: They are available to help underneath. And to hit.

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UA commits more guys to the box here to give a 4-4 look; most likely the SS has walked up into the box. This is what a 4-3 Cover 3 eventually looks like as a play develops. UA has just chosen to give this look pre-snap.

All of this is just to say that the safeties will be active in the run game, and they'll be bringing 60 more pounds with them this year.