Colvin has clearly assumed a leadership role in the secondary, with the departures of safeties Javon Harris and Tony Jefferson and cornerback Demontre Hurst. But Colvin has spent extra time working with Wilson, his roommate.
“Julian's a student of the game,” Colvin said. “Julian's always eager to learn. I've been really proud of him studying film. He's got apps on his phone and iPad and on his computer. Julian watches a lot of film.”
Then there's Ahmad Thomas, a freshman strong safety from Miami who enrolled early to participate in spring practices.
Thomas has made big impressions on his new coaches and teammates and could compete for significant playing time as a true freshman in 2013.
“Boy, he's going to be a good one,” senior running back Brennan Clay said of Thomas. “He's still raw-talented, but my man is already 210 and 215, and he likes to lay the wood and he's competitive. I'm excited to see him play.”
Johnson said: “I've never seen a freshman like him. He's going to play a big part in our defense, most likely this year.”