Sensabaugh a Coach's Player

Making a move up the depth chart is a difficult challenge for any freshman in college football. But for Clemson cornerback Coty Sensabaugh that move will be extremely difficult this coming spring and fall considering who is playing in front of him.

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The Tigers' two-deep at cornerback might be one of the ACC's best groups, if not the best, collectively with Chris Chancellor, Marcus Gilchrist, Crezdon Butler and Byron Maxwell covering the boundary and the field sides of the gridiron.

Collectively, this group broke up 16 passes in 2007 with Chancellor leading the way with four interceptions and 9 passes broken up. They are partly the reason why Clemson led the ACC in passing defense (188.5 yards per game) and ranked 13th nationally in passing defense and passing efficiency defense.

"It is going to be hard for anyone coming in to break into corner at two deep, unless there are some injuries," Clemson defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Vic Koenning said.

Sensabaugh is instead expected to make an impact on special teams, which is the way the coaching staff would ultimately like to have most players begin their careers.

"He isn't a guy we are going to count on next fall to carry the load unless we get some injuries, but he is definitely a guy that should find his niche on special teams," Koenning said. "We would like for any redshirt freshman to follow that course, and not have to play all the freshman every year, but that hasn't been the hand we've been dealt with.

"I think (Coty) is a guy that will continue to progress and he is an awfully good person and improving is very important to him. All those matter a great deal and I think he will find away to make this team better."

CUTigers outlook: Coty Sensabaugh has to continue to get stronger, and he has spent much of the last six months doing just that. The coaches like the fact he has fallen in with the rest of the guys and is headed in the right direction. He is going to be the type of guy Clemson wants in its program as far as being a good person, playing hard, practicing hard and working hard.

The Tigers can do nothing but go forward with players like him. He practiced last year on the boundary side, but Koenning might move him over to the field side before it is all said and done.
Sensabaugh was a standout football and basketball player at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn. He was a starting guard for two years in basketball and played in the East/West All-Star game.

During his junior year, he averaged a team-high 17.3 points per game while leading Dobyns-Bennett High to a 25-11 record. He was named first-team All-State and was an AAU teammate of current Clemson basketball player Terrence Oglesby.

But as good as he was in basketball Sensabaugh is even a better football player. In high school, he had 48 catches for 915 yards and 14 touchdowns on offense, and added four interceptions on defense, while leading his team to a conference crown and a 12-1 overall record as a junior and as a senior.

He also was a consensus all-state selection, and was chosen as a first-team selection by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association.

"Coty has real good ball skills and he continues to gain strength," Koenning said. "He has to continue to get a little stronger. I expect him to be a guy that can make a lot of plays."

Koenning feels Sensabaugh has the skills to one day be an excellent man-to-man cover guy.

"I look for him to show up and make some plays on special teams and then when he gets in the game, he has to show what he can do," Koenning said. "I think he has really good quickness and athleticism and really good hand-and-eye coordination with ball skills and what not, and that comes from being such a great basketball player.

"He just has to continue to get better on tackling and what not. I think he is a guy that is going to be a good player for us."

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