For the first time in a while, TCU actually has returning depth at cornerback. They do lose starter Jason Teague, but plenty of other talent is still on campus and as of this past weekend, Teague's younger brother has committed to be a future Frog- although he might play safety.
The other starting corner from 2010, Greg McCoy, will be a senior this fall- as hard as that is to believe. McCoy overcame a shaky start to the season to end up having a pretty decent junior campaign totalling 30 tackles, 2 INT's and 14 other passes defended.
Competing for the other starting slot will probably come down to two sophomores, a redshirt freshman and a JUCO transfer. Elisah Olabode and Travaras Battle both played some defense and a lot of special teams as true freshmen last fall, while Kevin White used a redshirt. Jason Verrett, who has already transferred in from Santa Rosa JC in California, will also factor into that competition.
There are also a few returning walk-on's who've had limited playing time- Devin Johnson and Brian Alexis- and an impressive incoming freshman in Kolby Griffin (who'll be on campus this summer) who will be pushing for playing time as well. Also, consider the uncertainty at safety (which we'll get to tomorrow) and realize that there's always the possibility that some of the guys currently listed at corner could end up playing safety and vice versa.
It will be interesting to see how the competition at corner shakes out during spring practice- it would give me, as a fan, peace of mind to see one guy step up above the other for that second starting spot. Who do you think that might be? Is McCoy a lock to start again, or could one of the younger guys take his spot? Who all do you think will see PT at corner in 2011? Let's hear your opinions in the comments section.