Malik Golden’s graduation leaves the starting safety spot opposite Marcus Allen wide open. Troy Apke has the most experience at the position but there are a cadre of players competing for the job including Garrett Taylor who made a switch from cornerback to safety this offseason. Pass coverage is not an issue for the athletic former corner, and it might be a good complement to Allen’s play style to have a pass coverage specialist opposite him in the secondary.
It’s a testament to the growing depth at cornerback that Taylor, a four-star recruit coming out of high school, felt it necessary to make a switch to safety. Marcus Allen’s decision to stay at Penn State for his senior season made the situation at safety a bit less dire, but with both Allen and Troy Apke entering their final seasons, any experience that Garrett Taylor can get this year will help ease the transition into the 2018 season.
The coaches seem to think Taylor will be able to handle the duties of the safety position fine, it’s just a matter of whether or not he can grow into the role by the time the season starts.