Name: Sammy Faustin
Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Naples (FL) Naples
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Faustin was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 36 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and 3 pass breakups.
Faustin was a relatively unheralded recruit out of Florida whose 4.63 forty didn’t wow many observers. More impressively, he claimed a bench press of 305 lbs. and a squat of 385 lbs. What do those numbers represent? They seem to indicate a kid who can be physically imposing but who won’t make a ton of game-changing plays at the next level. Faustin has had some injury issues in high school, which have perhaps limited his production. Even so, the film makes him look like a safety, despite playing cornerback in high school.
Michigan needs reinforcements at safety, and those reinforcements could come in the form of Faustin. Physically, he’s close to being ready for college with his height, weight, and strength. The position change from corner to safety could take some time, and he will have to become proficient with his reads and technique to make up for some mediocre athleticism. The Wolverines have a few decent options at safety already, including senior Tyree Kinnel and junior Josh Metellus, plus Utah transfer Casey Hughes. I don’t see Faustin playing a key role this season, and I would expect him to redshirt, but there’s a chance for him to get some mop-up snaps or special teams duty.