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April 2, 2008 2:06 PM

Subtle switch in secondary

Posted by Bob Condotta

The unveiling of an official depth chart yesterday revealed one subtle change in the secondary ---- Mesphin Forrester is now listed as the starter at free safety and Darin Harris at strong safety.

The two officially played the other positions last season --- Forrester was listed as the starter for all 13 games at strong safety and Harris the starter of the last eight games at free safety after Jason Wells was sidelined with a knee injury.

However, the two actually switched roles late last season, with Harris playing primarily strong safety the last three games and Forrester primarily at free.

It's not a big change as UW secondary coach J.D. Williams views the two spots as fairly interchangeable, though there are some differences in responsibility. The strong safety typically plays closer to the line and has more responsibility in run defense while the free safety plays further back and has more responsibility in the passing game.

For now, however, the change is official. Wells, out for the spring while continuing to rehab, is still listed as a free safety and it will be interesting to see exactly how it all sorts out when he returns in the fall.

Nate Williams is listed as Forrester's backup at free safety while Victor Aiyewa is the backup at strong safety.

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