Spring Practice Preview: CB

Contrary to popular belief, Florida State is not deep at the cornerback position for the 2008 season. While there are very good players on the 2-deep roster, there is little depth after that. NoleDigest looks at this position in-depth as the Seminoles begin spring practice next week.



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4 Tony Carter 5-9 166 R-SR: Tony Carter has been the leader of this group for 3 years. Coming into his final season at FSU, Carter will be playing for an NFL paycheck. This spring he must work on man coverage. He is already one of the best tacklers in the secondary for FSU.

15 Ochucko Jenije 5-10 185 R-SO: Jenije got some playing time last year due to injuries, suspensions and underperforming upperclassmen. This spring he needs to translate that into rounding out his game. Jenije is a depth guy who can be used in nickel and dime packages if he has a good spring.

28 Dionte Allen 5-11 167 R-FR: Fans have been eager to see what Allen can do, and this spring they'll get their chance. Allen has all the tools to be the next great corner at FSU, but he'll be seeing his first action at corner. Other than quarterback, corner is the hardest position in college to learn. If he is as advertised, look for him to lock up the second spot on the depth chart.

What to expect: Carter has the spot on lockdown, but he showed at times last year that he can be beat easily. If Allen can show that he can handle the bigger receivers and be a playmaker, he will push for playing time. We all know Mickey likes to use multiple defensive backs during the season. Allen and Jenije must use this spring to put in work for the fall.


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21 Patrick Robinson 5-11 189 JR: Robinson led the ACC last year in interceptions, and was one of the best in the ACC last season. Robinson's job this spring is to round out the mental side of the game, as at times he took himself out of the games. Robinson is probably the most talented of the entire group.

22 Korey Mangum 6-0 190 R-JR: Mangum, like Jenije, saw his minute's increase last year due to the need for him to play. Jenije and Mangum are in the same boat with expectations this spring.

27 Terrance Parks 6-1 200 FR: Parks comes in as an early enrollee, and is the most impressive looking of the group. He showed during practices for the ESPN All-American game that he can dominate receivers, as he shut down A.J. Green in practices, and more than held his own against the next Randy Moss in Julio Jones. Parks has the ability to make an instant impact.

What to expect: There is a real possibility that Parks will go into fall as the starter when Robinson has to sit out due to suspensions. So for him he must learn the scheme and duties of his position. Mangum will be another depth guy, and look for him to be third on the depth chart after spring. There's been talk that Michael Ray Garvin may not play next year, but if he does he will be added to the mix.

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