2012 Preview: Safeties Defined By Youth

Elisha Olabode

Elisha Olabode

Aug. 15, 2012


FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2012 TCU football team with a look at the safety position.

The Horned Frogs entered fall camp with three new players in first-team positions in weak safety Jonathan Anderson (6-3, 208, So.), free safety Elisha Olabode (5-10, 192, Jr.) and strong safety Sam Carter (6-1, 220, So.).

Anderson's 49 tackles last season were the most by a TCU freshman since Jason Phillips (71) and Robert Henson (69) led the Horned Frogs in stops in 2005. In a 38-28 victory over BYU, Anderson's 17 tackles were the most by a TCU player since 2004 and the third-highest total by a Horned Frog in 11 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson.

Olabode is a two-year letterman. He played at cornerback as a true freshman in 2010 before being moved to safety last season.

Carter is a converted quarterback who saw action in 11 games a year ago, including one start.

Veteran Trent Thomas (5-11 190, Jr.), who started four games last season, will push for playing time. He totaled a career-high eight tackles in a win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Geoff Hooker (5-10, 180, Jr.), who lettered for his work on special teams, adds depth.

Also competing for playing time at safety are 2011 redshirts Quincy Aldridge (6-2, 195, RFr.), Jamie Byrd (5-11, 190, RFr.) and Chris Hackett (6-2, 200, RFr.).

True freshmen Zach Jackson (6-0, 185, Fr.), Derrick Kindred (5-10, 180, Fr.) and Jordan Moore (6-3, 210, Fr.) are in the mix to receive immediate playing time.

Moore, from Lithonia, Ga., was a four-star signee and the 15th-ranked safety nationally by ESPN. He was a two-time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles. Jackson is also from Georgia, as he led Brookwood High School to the Class 5A state championship. Kindred was a two-way player for Wagner High School in San Antonio, rushing for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.

Chad Glasgow, who was TCU's safeties coach for 10 seasons (2001-10) before serving as defensive coordinator at Texas Tech last year, has returned to the Horned Frogs in his old role.

BY THE NUMBERS:

0- Seniors at the safety position for TCU this season

1- Former TCU safeties (Colin Jones) to play for the San Francisco 49ers in last year's NFC Championship Game

3- Consecutive seasons (2008-10) TCU led the nation in total defense with Chad Glasgow as safeties coach

6- Career starts by TCU safeties (Trent Thomas 4, Jonathan Anderson 1, Sam Carter 1)

17 - Jonathan Anderson's tackles against BYU last season, representing the most by a Horned Frog since 2004 and the third-best total in 11 years under head coach Gary Patterson

 

 


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