Baylor football will start two new safeties on Saturday against No. 14 Oklahoma State. Sophomore strong safety Rajah Preciado and free safety Verkedric Vaughns will both make their first starts at their respective positions.
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Senior Davion Hall was a consistent starter at the position. Taion Sells, Henry Black and Chris Miller have also started at safety positions earlier this season.
Rhule said all four regular starting safeties are questionable heading into the Bears’ Saturday matchup against the Cowboys after suffering injuries in the Kansas State game.
“We base this depth chart on what it would be today,” Rhule said. “But we’ve at safety been playing about four or five guys in a rotation anyway.”
Vaughns started games at cornerback, but moved to safety under the new staff. He has a career-high 15 tackles through five games. Preciado has three appearances this year after suffering through injuries, posting three total tackles as a pass defense.
Safeties have been one of the most significant issues on the defense. Against Duke, all three offensive touchdowns came on long running plays where a safety broke the coverage. Big plays have been Baylor’s Achilles heel this season.
Running back John Lovett will also start over veterans Terence Williams and JaMycal Hasty, though Rhule expects to use all of them to find a hot hand.
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