And they are safety and outside linebacker in UConn Coach Bob Diaco’s defense.
What’s goin’ on?
Here’s Diaco on why:
“It’s a hard transition anyway” Diaco said. “A guy like Graham Stewart for example who has played outside linebacker at some point in his past looks pretty natural doing some of the jobs and some of the defensive ends don’t look as natural and it’s still a hard job for Graham who has played it. It’s a transition for everyone. It’s one of the really challenging positions on our defense to play so if you’re also having to learn some fundamentals of being an outside linebacker, you tack on a little learning, too.
“They’re making the transition just fine but it’s very hard.”
Safeties, Diaco said, drive the coverage.
“They are setting, really, the strength of our defense and putting the coverage on so there’s a very complex mental element to being a safety here at UConn,” Diaco said.
“You have to talk a lot,” junior safety Andrew Adams said. “I need to progress and be more vocal to everybody else on the field so as spring practice goes on that’s going to be one of my focuses. Communication is the key for everybody so that definitely one of my main focuses.”
This could be the year, finally, we see Marquise Vann do his thing on a consistent basis with all the ability he has. Vann has only played in 20 career games with 21 tackles. There have just been too many talented players in front of him. It’s his turn now, though.
yard scoop and score in front of his hometown folks at Cincinnati? He’s capable of that kind of play. He’s got a linebackers coach/2012 national defensive coach of the year/head coach in Diaco who knows a little about the position so Vann and this group, period, really stands to gain.
“There’s definitely challenges, different challenges, things you have to learn, different nuances, that it’s definitely something we have to take the time to learn,” Vann said of the linebackers adjusting. “But I would say the biggest challenge is just shifting, maybe an outside linebacker who played typically a different style defense, now it’s just learning how to translate that into being up, being in a stance. It’s different challenges. Maybe the outside linebacker has to drop [back] or different little things.”