Biography: Senior totals included 70 tackles/2 interceptions/4 pass breakups, when he became a full-time starter. Posted 48 tackles as a junior, playing seven games with the first team.
Positives: Tough straight-line safety who is best playing downhill. Remains disciplined with assignments, effectively diagnoses the action and quickly gets up the field to help defend the run. Effective when he squares into tackles and wraps up. Quarterbacks the Cornhusker secondary.
Negatives: Marginal ball skills and struggles in coverage situations. Lacks the quick change-of-direction and struggles to immediately alter his angle of attack.
Analysis: Cassidy is a physical defensive back but a limited athlete who struggles playing sideline to sideline. He's best as a conventional strong safety or potentially in a zone system, but he must perform well on special teams.
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