Many see the safety position as the quarterback of the defense.
The safety has the luxury of seeing the entire field before the ball is snapped. If an adjustment needs to be made, quite often he's the guy to do it.
The basics for any safety in the college game are to control the middle or half of the field, and to make sure nothing gets behind them.
They are, of course, the final line of the defense.
But what separates these five safeties from the rest is their big play ability; not only do they manage the required tasks, but they go above and beyond them.
They will act as a fourth linebacker, filling the running lanes. If the defense needs a big play, they will usually be the ones to make the big hit, or pick off an errant pass.
These safeties make life much more uncomfortable for the quarterback, not to mention anyone who dares to cross the middle of the field.
Here are the top five safeties for the 2009 college football season.