Name: Sammy Faustin
Weight: 195 lbs.
High school: Naples (FL) Naples
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #17
Last year: I ranked Faustin #57 and said he would be a backup safety and special teamer (LINK). He played in nine games and made 2 tackles.
TTB Rating: 76
Faustin entered college as a little bit of a corner/safety project. He played corner in high school but was more the physical type than the coverage type. Last year the safety position was pretty full with veterans Josh Metellus and Brad Hawkins, plus elite recruit Daxton Hill. So opportunities were limited.
With Hawkins and Hill returning to man the starting positions, there is a chance for the guy who’s next in line to step into playing time. It will be very interesting to see who that guy is, but if I were a betting man, I would put my money on Faustin. There are some true freshmen who could press for playing time, but without spring ball and with limited voluntary workouts, the upper hand goes to the returning players. I think Faustin’s upside is limited, but he’s a safer pick at a position that requires reliability.
Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer