Current and future: Safeties

As the 2012 season approaches, GigEmNation will take a look at where the Aggies stand currently and in the future at each position group. Today, we glance at the safeties.


On the depth chart: Steven Campbell, Johntel Franklin, Toney Hurd, Howard Matthews, Steven Terrell

The secondary is a work in progress, so there's plenty that could change during fall training camp. If healthy, the 6-foot, 201-pound Campbell likely figures into a signficant role. He's an impact player who has started in each of the last two seasons, but has not played a full season since he was a freshman because of injuries. Terrell came on strong late last season, starting the final three games. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound senior entered camp as the starter at free safety. Matthews, who played all 13 games as a freshman last season, has good size (6-foot-2, 206) and talent, though defensive coordinator Mark Snyder indicated that he has to be more consistent.

Hurd, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior, started two games as a safety last season and played in every game while Franklin, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior, redshirted in 2011.

Others of note: Clay Honeycutt, Kenneth Marshall

Honeycutt, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound sophomore, appeared in seven games last season and spent a lot of time on special teams. Marshall is a true freshmen from the 2012 signing class. Marshall (6-0, 191) was the 43rd-ranked cornerback in the country coming out of South Houston High School. Also keep an eye on sophomore cornerback Deshazor Everett, who is starting out fall camp at cornerback but could transition into a dual role and play some safety, Snyder said.

Future: Victor Davis, Shaan Washington, Jonathan Wiggins

Davis, a four-star prospect out of Rosenberg (Texas) Terry, is the 17th-ranked player at his position nationally. He has good size (6-foot-1, 188) and has good range. Washington (Alexandria, La./Alexandria) is a versatile talent who could play several positions, including safety, outside linebacker or even receiver. The 61st-ranked safety plays safety and receiver for his high school team. Wiggins, who is ranked 31st nationally at his position, is the biggest of the trio, standing 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. He's a good tackler and is good in run support.