CUTigers Spring Blitz: CBs

First-year defensive coordinator Brent Venables welcomes plenty of returning experience to the cornerback position when spring practice starts this week.

1-Xavier Brewer, RS Senior
2-Darius Robinson, Junior
3-Martin Jenkins, Junior
4-Bashaud Breeland, RS Sophomore
5-Garry Peters, RS Sophomore
6-Cortez Davis, RS Freshman
7-Travis Blanks, Freshman

2011 Stats (Returning)
Brewer - 58 tackles, 7 pass breakups, 1 interception; 771 snaps
Breeland - 45 tackles, 4 pass breakups, 2 interceptions; 643 snaps
Robinson - 14 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 1 interception; 346 snaps
Jenkins - 25 tackles, 6 pass breakups; 304 snaps
Peters - 12 snaps

Unit Ranking: C+
The top Clemson cornerback in 2011, Coty Sensabaugh, just wrapped up an impressive showing at the NFL Combine. A day after the Tigers open spring practice, he'll be working out at Pro Day in Clemson.

Leading the group in 2012 is Brewer, the lone senior. Late last season, Brewer split time between cornerback and safety.

After receiving plenty of preseason hype, Breeland had an up and down first season on the field.

Bashaud Breeland showed flashes last season but will challenged by multiple younger players this spring. (Hale McGranahan)
Word around the program was that Davis was ready to play last fall, but the staff elected to redshirt him because of the extensive experience ahead of him. Now, Davis can contend for a spot on the two-deep.

Blanks won't redshirt like Davis did, but he will compete for playing time in the two-deep. He could also contend for a spot at safety.

The group has a lot of upside, so that C+ grade could be considerably higher once the 2012 campaign comes to a close.

Starting rotation

In 2011, Brewer started 13 games and Breeland had seven. With the change at defensive coordinator, it can be difficult to project whether or not they'll work into the starting jobs this fall. But we'll go out on a limb and say the first two cornerback spots are there's to lose.

Both Brewer and Jenkins started at nickel back. They'll compete for that job again this year.

The class of 2010

Of the class of 2010 defensive back signees, Peters is the only remaining member who hasn't made a significant impact at Clemson.

With a pair of freshmen primed for a push up the depth chart, this could be a big spring for Peters and Robinson.

The freshmen

Defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison likes big, physical defensive backs that can play either safety or cornerback. Well, he has a pair that can do just that in Davis and Blanks.

Blanks, one of the most talented prospects signed by Clemson in the 2012 class, enrolled early and could be a major factor this spring. Has the flexibility to play either corner or safety with his size and speed. Also possesses good leadership skills and will be nearly impossible to redshirt.

Spring predictions

-Brewer, Breeland are the top-two
-Davis, Blanks enter the two-deep Top Stories