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New defensive backs coach Dick Hopkins believes better communication will lead to a tighter secondary that limits big plays and produces more interceptions.

Originally published on 8/2/2010

by Chuck King

When reviewing game video from 2009, Dick Hopkins realized his until needs to limit the big plays.

To accomplish that, Hopkins has set about trying to improve communication.

“They weren’t very vocal,” said Hopkins, who took over as the FAU defensive backs coach before spring practice. “All four of them have to be on the same page, and it didn’t look like they were at some times.”

Hopkins intends to strip away some of the complexities of an offense that allowed 232.58 yards passing per game last season, ranking them No. 80 in the nation.

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Breakdown Box

> Projected depth chart


Tavious Polo 5-11, 175 R-Sr.
Keith Reaser 5-10, 165 R-Fr.

Strong safety

Marcus Bartels 5-11, 170 R-Sr.
Tony Rodriguez 5-11, 209 R-So.

Free Safety

Ed Alexander 6-1, 181 Sr.
Brentley Harstad 6-1, 189 So.


Tarvoris Hill 6-0, 169 R-Sr.
Curtis Cross 5-10, 170 Sr.


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