Grading the Seminole Cornerbacks

With the graduation of Leroy Smith and Bryant McFadden, the cornerback spot in low on experience but very high on talent. The unit struggled early on but they got better by the end of spring.


True junior Antonio Cromarite is the only corner with significant playing time last year. This spring, the former USA Today High School All-American totally dominated. He has the size, speed and hitting ability that defensive coordinators want on their side. I don't expect too many quarterbacks to test his side of the ball in the fall.

Redshirt senior Gerard Ross is the starter opposite of Cromartie. He had his moments in the spring but still struggled at times. He does an outstanding job of playing the run but he has trouble turning and running along with locating the ball. If he struggles in the fall, he could be bumped out of the starting spot.

True sophomore J.R. Bryant also struggled but he made some very good progress. He's also very good at run support and he's much better than Ross at turning and running. With some more reps, he'll do a much better job at locating the ball. Look for him to move into the starting role sometime in the fall.

Redshirt freshman Trevor Ford showed his lack of experience in the spring and he needs to keep working hard to hang onto the number two spot behind Cromarite. Ford is big, physical corner that beats up on wide receivers. He also can run very well.

Redshirt freshman Tony Carter is the quickest defensive back of the bunch. In the spring, he used his quickness and instincts to intercept a few passes. The former Jacksonville Mandarin standout needs to stay healthy and bulk up over the off-season.

True Freshman Jamie Robinson of Rock Hill (SC) Northwestern has the size and skills to possibly contribute right out of the gate. In high school, he was one of the most gifted football payers in the state of South Carolina.

Grade- C The corner unit will most likely struggle early on but they should really pick things up by mid-season. The good news is that Cromartie will have his half of the field covered, while Free Safety Pat Watkins also covers a lot of ground in coverage.

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