Fall Camp Preview: Safeties

Marvin Haynes and Moses Harris

Fresno State had its share of woes last season at safety. Both starters need to be replaced but the youngsters had a good spring. Only one-upperclassman dots the depth chart, as fall camp is set to begin.

So. FS Marvin Haynes (6-2, 208) came on strong late last season. He replaced senior starter Vincent Mays the final four games of the year and outperformed the former four-star recruit. He is bigger, stronger, and faster than Mays. Haynes had a great spring. Despite his inexperience, he should be leader in fall camp.

So. SS Moses Harris (6-1, 200) is expected to take over for departed Second Team All-WAC SS Josh Sherley. Harris is an upgrade athletically compared to Sherley, but he lacks experience. He saw extensive playing time in the Bulldog's nickel package last season but has not started. He will be atop the depth chart heading camp but is not a lock to start per se.

RFr. SS Lorne Bell (5-10, 195) had an excellent fall camp last season. If not for an injury, he probably would have played as a true. Subsequently he redshirted and had a stellar spring. Bell can play both safety spots and is big-time hitter. He has drawn comparisons to former Bulldog James Sanders.

Jr. FS Jake Jorde (6-1, 205) played receiver his redshirt season at Fresno State. He made the move to safety his redshirt freshman year but has not been able to crack the lineup. Jorde is playmaker. He made plays throughout summer. He may not be the fastest or most athletic guy in the secondary, but he has a nose for the ball.

So. S Frank Manquero (6-0, 200) has made some major strides since his first year as a walk-on. He started as a linebacker but made the move to safety this spring and summer. He is third on the depth chart at free safety heading into fall camp but will have to stave off the newcomers.

One such youngster is incoming Fr. SS Zak Hill (6-2, 190). Hill was projected to redshirt coming off his season ending injury last November during the high school playoffs. However, he has been working out since spring and looks amazing this summer. He has a leg up on the other incoming safeties heading into fall camp.

True freshman Terrance Dennis (6-1, 180) is a speedster who could emerge as a contributor in fall camp. Athletic true freshman Phillip Thomas (6-1, 187) can play safety, cornerback, and wide receiver or quarterback on offense. Depending on his grasp of the college game, he could make an immediate impact in camp.

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