August 1, 2009

Countdown to kickoff: #35 Ahmad Black

#35 Player/Hometown/High School: Ahmad Black Lakeland (Fla.)

Hgt/Wgt: 5-foot-9, 190-lb Position: Safety Year: JR
Fall Depth Chart Projection: 1st string strong safety

Spring Review: If you're one of the ones who keeps thinking that at some point Black's lack of height and top end speed is going to finally catch up with him - judging by his spring performance, you can keep on waiting. After being the biggest surprise of the 2008 season, Black didn't fall back to earth over the spring. He was named the GBN player of the day on 4/15 and received several votes in the Spring Hot 11.

Fall Projection:
Combine the fact that Will Hill is proving he is ready for prime time with Dorian Munroe returning from a knee injury - there were co-starters at both safety positions over the spring. Will that carry over to the fall is the big question? Or will Black and Major Wright remain the starters but with Hill and Munroe seeing significant time as their backups?

Others who wore the number: Cody Worton (2007), Eric Sledge (2005-06), Reynaldo Hill (2003-04), Kennard Ellis (2000-01), Dwright Jackson (1999), TJ Truxon (1998-99), Ernie Dubose (1995-96), Michael Gilmore (1990-94), James Domineck (1988), Brad Beckerman (1986), Shannon Burch (1979-1981), Carl Prioleau (1977), Jimmy DuBose (1973-75), John Silman (1970-71), Chip Hinton (1965-67) and Larry Dupree (1962-64)

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