Alex Grinch and the defensive coaching staff have been pretty mum on things through spring practice. Outside of preaching speed and taking the ball away, there hasn’t been a lot of sustenance come from the new defensive coordinator in terms of personnel.
As the calendar turned to April, and the spring game less than two weeks away, Grinch let it out on Monday night that sophomores Patrick Fields and Delarrin Turner-Yell are making an name for themselves in the defensive secondary.
“If we played a game tomorrow they would be our starting safeties,” Grinch said at the end of a near 1-minute compliment.
Turner-Yell (5-10/175) was a consensus three-star recruit who saw action in seven games last season. After making his debut at TCU he went on to record two games with five tackles (Texas Tech & West Virginia) finishing the year with 12 total tackles (5 solo) and a pass breakup.
Fields (5-11/193), a Tulsa, OK native, appeared in six games last season and ultimately recorded 13 total tackles (5 solo). He made his debut against UCLA but played his best game against Alabama in the Orange Bowl where he made eight total tackles.