The Safeties: A Rudimentary Semi-Historical Analysis


This year’s safeties have taken a lot of heat from Nebraska fans (and especially from me). As a result, I thought it might be helpful to try and put their performance into some type of historical perspective. The results are below.

A few things to keep in mind: First, when we examine the statistics we must remember that these reflect four different defensive coordinators, each with his own system. Secondly, these statistics do not summarize all that is expected or required of a safety. Third, the performances include those of a “once in a generation” type player in Mike Brown along with 3 other players who made NFL rosters at one time or another. Fourth, I am not privy to film sessions or to how the performers graded out in the eyes of the coaches. And finally, the 2006 season is the only one of those included, in which both safety spots were filled by first-time starters.

2006
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Tierre Green 13 48.5 .5 1 0 1
Andrew Shanle 13 47.5 0 4 0 1
2005
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Daniel Bullocks 12 83 4 1 2 1
Blake Tiedtke 12 68 6 1 2 0
2004
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Josh Bullocks 11 68 2 2 0 0
Daniel Bullocks 11 58 4 5 1 1

2003
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Phillip Bland 4 7 1 0 0 0
Josh Bullocks 13 49 0 10 0 0
Daniel Bullocks 13 59 4 2 1 1

2002
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Philllip Bland 13 84 6 1 1 1
Josh Bullocks 13 48 0 1 1 1
Shane Siegel 14 14 1 0 0 0
Aaron Terpening 14 17 2 0 0 0

2001
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Dion Booker 12 62 1 1 0 0
Willie Amos 9 28 0 4 0 0
Phillip Bland 10 24 1 0 0 0

2000
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Joe Walker 11 44 2 2 1 1
Dion Booker 11 34 2 0 0 0
Troy Watchorn 11 27 2 5 0 0
Clint Finley 11 22 1 0 0 0

1999
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Mike Brown 12 96 8 5 6 1
Dion Booker 12 28 0 1 1 0
Clint Finley 12 27 0 1 0 1
Joe Walker 10 11 4 0 2 1

1998
Player Games Tackles TFL INTs FF FmbRec
Mike Brown 12 102 5 1 1 1
Clint Finley 9 28 3 3 3 1
Joe Walker 12 50 5 3 1 0

After looking things over, my take is that our safeties performed average to a little below average by way of statistical analysis. Shall we say, I don’t know…mediocre? What do you guys think?

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