A couple of people e-mailed in good questions about where UNT’s players will fit in next season in the defensive secondary.
There are a lot of players who have changed positions since their high school days. Marcus Trice was a high school cornerback who has moved to safety in college.
And a few of UNT’s incoming players are also going to move around.
I checked with UNT’s coaches about where all of the players fit in when they signed and double checked recently to make sure that nothing has changed.
Trice is still a safety.
As far as the newcomers go, Devante Davis and Xavier Kelly will start out at cornerback. David Busby and Jamal Marshall will start out at safety.
That contradicts a bit with where those players were projected as recruits, but that is how UNT’s staff sees them fitting in best on the college level.
Davis was listed as a safety by some scouting services, but has the speed and quickness to play corner. Kelly was a corner all along, while Busby as a corner who had the size and tackling ability to move to safety. Marshall seems like a natural fit a safety at 6-3, 190.
There are a lot of skills that translate to both spots. It’s a judgment call for a coaching staff when it comes time to decide who plays where. It comes down the speed, quickness, tackling ability and range.
And those decisions could change.
But that is how things look heading into two-a-days.