Today, we continue unveiling our national unit rankings with secondaries. We'll unveil one per day and end next Tuesday with overall coaching staffs.
The No. 1 team in the secondary ranking returns all four starters and each of its top reserves. The best news for the coaching staff? None of the starters is a senior.
Here are the secondary unit rankings. Next up: special teams.
SECONDARY UNIT RANKINGS
1. Florida BUZZ: All four starters are back, as are all the top backups. Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins form the best cornerback tandem in the nation. Both are physical in run support and sticky man-to-man defenders. SS Ahmad Black tied for the national lead with seven picks last season. Sophomore FS Will Hill isn't a starter, but he might be the best athlete on the team.
2. USC BUZZ: The safety duo of Taylor Mays and Josh Pinkard should be the best in the nation. There are some good cornerbacks, and depth is solid across the board.
3. TCU BUZZ: The Horned Frogs play a 4-2-5 set, and three starters return. The cornerback tandem of Rafael Priest and Nick Sanders is aggressive and experienced, and FS Tejay Johnson is a rising star. TCU allowed just eight TD passes last season, second-fewest in the nation.
5. California BUZZ: Syd'Quan Thompson might be the best cornerback in the nation. SS Marcus Ezeff is a good one, too. Cal had 24 picks last season, third-most in the nation, and all four starters return.
6. Alabama BUZZ: Three starters are back, but the Tide will miss star FS Reshad Johnson. SS Justin Woodall is a big hitter, and CB Javier Arenas doubles as a dangerous return man.
8. Boise State BUZZ: CB Kyle Wilson is a star; he also is a great punt returner. Boise had 22 picks and allowed just eight TD passes last season. FS George Iloka is the only new starter, but he played extensively last season and had 62 tackles, four picks and six pass breakups.