CHICAGO – Jordan Lomax’s job held a strong hold on his job this spring. After starting 13 games as free safety in 2014, he looked locked in for this upcoming campaign.
Lomax’s running mate at strong safety a year ago has departed however. And spring ball served as the testing ground for Johnny Lowdermilk’s replacement.
Miles Taylor and Brandon Snyder, both of whom showed up on campus last summer, led the way for the opening. Taylor appeared to own a slight edge and that led to a shakeup in the back end moving forward, Lomax said.
Anthony Gair has moved from backing up Lomax at free safety to moving behind Taylor at strong. Snyder slid behind Lomax at free.
The new alignment could set up 2016 secondary with Taylor and Snyder running together at safety. Lomax talks more about that, friend Jake Rudock transferring and more in this exclusive video from AllHawkeyes.com shot at the Big Ten Media Day here on Thursday: