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In His Own Words: DBs coach Rick Smith on the secondary

Posted Aug 19, 2010 by Scott Carter

Updated Aug 19, 2010 at 05:12 PM

When the Bulls opened camp earlier this month, the secondary was one of the biggest question marks surrounding the team.

After USF concluded its final practice here in Vero Beach earlier today, I chatted with assistant head coach/defensive backs coach Rick Smith about the unit’s progress.

Here is Smith’s assessment when I asked him to update the battles in the secondary:

”(Mistrel) Raymond has had a real good camp. He is working at strong safety, nickel and boundary corner. So he’s got a lot to learn, but he’s done a great job.

(Jon) Lejiste, I’ve moved him from strong (safety) to free. Right now he is starting there. He’s backed up by Chris Lane, who is a walk-on, and a freshman in Reshard Cliett.

At strong safety is Jerrell Young; he’s backed up by a freshman in Mark Joyce.

At the boundary corner, you’ve got a battle still going on between Quenton Washington and (Mistrel) Raymond, and the third guy is a true freshman in Terrence Mitchell.

When (Raymond) is at safety, those two (Washington and Mitchell) are at corner.

At field corner, we’ve still got a battle going on between Kayvon Webster and George Baker, who has just had a tremendous camp, and so has Kayvon.

A guy who has come out of nowhere (at cornerback) is Ricardo Dixon, who was redshirted last year with a shoulder surgery and did not go through spring.’‘

So there you have Smith on the secondary as USF enters its second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday.

Based on the depth chart at the end of spring practice, the starting lineup was LC Washington, SS Young, FS Raymond and RC Webster.

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