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13 for 13: Nick Waisome and Ronald Darby

July 30, 2013

By Layne Herdt (@LayneHerdt),

Welcome back to our 13 for '13 series as we break some rules with our next entry by focusing on two players, defensive backs Nick Waisome and Ronald Darby.

Depth will not be a problem for the Seminoles in the secondary in 2013 particularly at the defensive back position. With senior Lamarcus Joyner's return to corner the Noles have the best kind of problem, how do you get talented playmakers on the field. The biggest questions will come from how to use Waisome and Darby.

Waisome proved ready for the fire last season starting 14 games as a sophomore making 21 tackles and making a key interception against Clemson. The junior will begin camp penciled in as the starter opposite Joyner. Since so many teams run the spread, having more than two talented corners is more important than ever and that's where Darby comes in.

Expect the speedster from Maryland to earn a ton of playing time in the slot when an extra defensive back is brought on the field. Darby saw more action than any other freshman defensive player in 2012 and was tied with Waisome for the team lead in pass break ups with eight.

If both Waisome and Darby can improve upon outstanding 2012 campaigns, opposing quarterbacks will have difficulty finding open receivers in 2013. Of course don't be surprised if Darby plays outside and Waisome is in the slot, it will be interesting to see how playing time is doled out in the secondary this season.

Come back to on Wednesday for our next student-athlete in the 13 for '13 series, junior tight end Nick O'Leary.

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