Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Looking Ahead: Cornerbacks

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.


shortnkerley's said...

I think McCoy definitely keeps his job and could possibly be an All-American. At the other corner, I see Jason Verrett stepping in and starting, but I base that solely on how sick he looked in his highlight tapes. Or it could be Olabode who had a really nice year last year. I don't know. We have a lot of depth there, which is nice. I'm pretty sure whoever starts will have earned it and will be very, very effective.

Spit Purple said...

McCoy definitely keeps his job and I see Verrett and fighting for that second spot. I think Olabode will be in the mix for one of the openings at safety.

chrislipscomb said...

McCoy will keep his job. He really grew up this year and his Rose Bowl was excellent. He stopped a key TD pass in the 3rd quarter. His experience is too valuable. I like Olabode but he seems small.

Hornedfrog1982 said...

McCoy had a huge pass break up in the Rose Bowl (that could have changed the game if Toon catches the ball)as well as a big one in the season opener (Rogers). He did get beat serveral times but when it was nut crunching time he always seemed to come up big. I expect him as a senior to be a lock down corner. But then again the secondary is usually only as good as the guys applying preassure up front. Should be a very interesting year.