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FWtCT Season Preview: Safety

Tony Hughes is the only position coach on the defense that did not leave or get promoted from the 2012 team. How will his safeties do this year?

Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

With the big question mark at corner, the safeties will need to stay on their game to get the secondary in tact. There are some play-makers and hard-hitters in this group. Of course, experience and youth are questions that will have to be answered.

Free Safety

Nickoe Whitley returns for his senior year, and his 4th year starting for MSU. He's back to full strength after he was slowed down a bit from the torn Achilles he suffered near the end of the 2011 season. His 10 career interceptions rank him 2nd in the nation coming into the year.

Dee Arrington enters his junior year backing up Whitley. He's a very talented guy, and a big safety at 220 pounds who was nearly made a LB earlier in his career. He's looking to make a significantly bigger impact in 2013.

Redshirt freshman Quadry Antoine is ready to get on the field, potentially making an impact on special teams.

Strong Safety

Jay Hughes is a smart player who was able to start a couple of games towards the end of last year. He'll be called upon as a junior to help lead the secondary along with Whitley.

Backing Hughes up is Kendrick Market who say the field a little bit last year as a freshman and even got on the board with an interception.

Deontay Evans will break in as a redshirt freshman. He was a running back in high school but he has made the transition to defensive back.