|Bronco CB Gerald Alexander|
Cornerbacks is an area of concern to many of the Bronco faithful but after looking a little deeper, you'll see that the future is bright. There is a lot of work to be done but as cornerback Coach Yates points out, the secondary is incredibly young. They're currently starting three guys who had never started a game going into this season. Make that five players if you factor in nickel and dime packages.
|Bronco CB Gabe Franklin|
With only one game left in the 2004 season, and with national letter of intent signing day only two months away, I thought I'd take a look at the Bronco secondary. This is an area of concern to many of the Bronco faithful but after looking a little deeper, you'll see that the future is bright. There is a lot of work to be done but as cornerback Coach Yates points out, the secondary is incredibly young. They're currently starting three guys who had never started a game going into this season. Make that five players if you factor in nickel and dime packages. In my conversation with him inside the beautiful Bronco Football Complex, the common theme for all of his answers was "hard worker". Here's part one in a two part series looking into the present and the future of the Bronco cornerbacks.
|Bronco CB Mark Onibokun|
Ø Mark Onibokun (Sr.) moved over to the defensive side of the ball late in the year. He's already moved to no. 3 on the depth chart and is getting better every day. In dime packages, he plays corner. He's the tallest and strongest cornerback on the team. Look to see him more on the field in passing situations over the course of the next two games.
Gerald Alexander (So) has been the target of criticism by many fans this season
primarily because of his troubles on the deep ball. Concerns about this phenomenal athlete who
played quarterback in high school are laid to rest when you speak with those in
the program. Some will go as far as
saying that he could be one of the best cornerbacks to ever come out of
|Bronco CB Marcosus LeBlanc|
Marcosus LeBlanc (Jr) is redshirting this year but he'll
be very much in the thick of things for a starting job come next fall. He's a 4.6 40 guy at this time, but with a
year under Coach Pitt, the coaches hope to have him at the mid 4.5 range. Marcosus has the instincts of a corner but
hits like a safety. It could be
interesting to see where he ends up next spring. Either way, he's going to be an effective
player that will battle for a starting spot.
Gabe Franklin (Sr) is the best all around cornerback
on the team. He's the fastest and
probably the smartest corner on the team as well. He's a real student of the game and plays
with his brain every bit as much as he plays with his legs. Coaches say that he has great hips, meaning
that he opens up very well when breaking to the ball. Gabe has increased his bench press by
approximately sixty pounds since the arrival of cornerbacks coach Marcel
Yates. If Gabe wishes to fulfill his
dream of playing in the NFL, he'll need to continue getting stronger and cut
down on his occasional hiccups.
|Bronco CB Chad McKibben|
Chad McKibben (S0) is currently a valuable special
teams guy that has come close to blocking multiple punts. He's a local product and is said to be a very
hard worker. He received a vote by the outgoing
seniors as a possible impact player next season.
Anthony Scott (Fr) is loaded with potential and is
one of the fastest guys on the team.
He's been clocked in the 4.3 range for the 40 and is continuing to get
stronger. He could very well be a
starting cornerback for the Broncos next fall and have a big impact. The only things he lacks are knowledge of the
system and experience. The coaches are
excited about the possibilities he can bring to their defense. His speed will be a valuable tool.
|Bronco CB Rashaad Richards|
Ø Rashaad Richards (Fr) is currently redshirting but could play into the competition for a starting cornerback position next fall. He's a playmaker who seems to have a nose for the ball. These types of players are always valuable because they usually possess the "it" that coaches talk about and can't necessarily teach. Another year in the weight room will help his strength, speed (4.5-4.55 range), and chance at receiving playing time next season. Rashaad could have more potential than any other corner on the roster. The coaches really enjoy this guy as a player and as a person.
Ø Julius Broussard (Fr) is currently redshirting and walked on the team in August from Reno HS in Reno Nevada. A standout athlete for Reno High, he was a Track sprinter and jumper, which bodes well for coverage skills. He was a high school teammate of new Bronco DE Sean Bingham and continues the Nevada to Boise State connection that has served the Broncos so well. He returned kicks for Reno as well as being a 2-year starter in their Defensive Backfield.