2014 Miami Hurricane Position Preview: Safety
Miami will open the season in the not so distant future, and to help you prepare for what is sure to be a great year, we are back to preview each position on the team. We will let you know who is back, who is new, and how each player projects for the 2014 season.
Junior - S - 5'10 195 - Fort Myers, Fl
Last season Crawford was in UM's offensive back field and rushed for 558 yards and a team leading 12 TDs. Also had 6 tackles on special teams and a blocked punt.
Stepped in admirably when Duke Johnson went down with injury, and displayed a hard nosed running style that 'Canes fans grew to love.
So why the move to DB?
Well with Johnson healthy, the evolution of big back Gus Edwards, and Joe Yearby set to turn some heads as a freshman, Crawford can best help the team in what is clearly a bigger area of need.
Let us not forget that he came to Miami 4 star two way player who contributed 76 tackles, 9 INTs, and 3 forced fumbles his senior year of H.S.
Also contributed 10 tackles on special teams as a redshirt freshman for the 'Canes. Has a definite propensity for contact.
Summary: I really like the move of Crawford to defense. He was a much better than average DB in H.S. and his playing style translates well to that side of the ball. It's no surprise he is neck and neck with Jamal Carter among others on the depth chart at S. Eventually I expect Deon Bush and Carter to be get the bulk of the snaps, but Crawford should be a regular part of the rotation nonetheless. Additionally, I expect him to continue being one of the best special teams players on the squad. Look for 30 or so tackles and a pick or two from Crawford. All in all, UM's last line of defense should be greatly improved this season.
Stay tuned for more player profiles as we count down to Labor Day Vs Louisville.