One of the most hotly contested battles in camp has been for the spot vacated by Greg Reid at field corner. Sophomore Nick Waisome and true freshman Ronald Darby have both been impressive in camp and had been neck and neck coming into the final week.
Yesterday Jimbo Fisher made no secret of the fact Darby would not be redshirted and should see substantial time in the secondary this season.
"He's going to play and he's going to play a lot this year," said Fisher.
The freshman has drawn rave reviews thus far and clearly has a very high athletic ceiling, but junior safety Lamarcus Joyner might have tipped the Seminoles' hand a little bit yesterday when he mentioned that from a technique standpoint Waisome is the more polished of the two right now.
“You can tell that Waisome’s been in college, in the system for a year," said Joyner. "Darby, like I said he’s another young guy who’s full of potential and a lot of talent, he’s just got to get fundamentally and technique sound and that’s where Nick Waisome is a little ahead of him right now.”
While both are likely to see the field quite a bit in 2012, it may be Waisome who goes into the season as a starter. Of course until coach Fisher says with certainty on Monday, we won't know for certain.
But for now it looks like Waisome may be leading Darby by the smallest of margins.
And if all else fails, Terrance Brooks told me on Wednesday he's always ready to step in at field corner in a pinch.Follow @PatrikNohe_MH