Cromartie will Lead a Young Secondary

Junior Antonio Cromartie has the potential to be one of the top cornerbacks to ever wear the Garnet & Gold and he will help lead a young secondary this season. The caught up with the 6-foot-3 and 207 pound standout to discuss the off-season and the future.

Last year in the opening game against the Hurricanes Antonio Cromartie flashed his huge potential by intercepting a pass and by returning a fumble for a score.  This year, he is determined to finish off Ibis and his friends.
"Miami has beaten us six times in a row over the last five years," Cromartie said.  "That's our number one goal is to beat Miami at home for first game of the season."
The former USA Today Defensive Player of the Year is working hard this off-season to achieve his goal of defeating the Hurricanes in September.
"I'm ready for spring and I'm around 90% now with my knee," he said.  "I've been working hard during mat drills and so has everyone else.  In addition to mat drills, we have been running stadiums and working out on the field.  If it's raining outside, we come inside and workout in turf room."
The junior cornerback has been quite impressed with the work-ethic of some of the younger players on the team.
"Some of the younger guys' that have impressed me so far have been Drew Weatherford, Xavier Lee, Trevor Ford, Tony Carter, and J.R. Bryant," he said. "Of course I can't forget the young safeties like Kenny Ingram and Darius McClure.  Those young guys have stepped it up during mat drills.  Those guys have improved and we need them to step up because they will all need to play a lot this year."
Cromartie will be the veteran on field at the cornerback position and he's sure that some of the younger players in the secondary won't let him down.
"They have wanted to step on the field ever since the season ended," he said.  "They are preparing themselves for the upcoming season.  We watch ourselves on film and help each other else."
Last year as a true sophomore, Cromartie recorded 22 tackles, four interceptions and six passes broken up.  He also returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown in the Orange Bowl.

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