Spring Video & Analysis: CB's

Our last look at positional break down for the Florida Gators from spring practice is of the Gator cornerbacks. The Florida secondary struggled in 2007 only to be a huge team strength in the 2008 championship season. Here is a look at the video and some quick analysis of each player that participated in the spring.

The Gators broke the team record with 23 interceptions in 2008 and even though they didn't collect the majority of them, the corners were a big part of that success supplying the pressure.

Freshmen

Jeremy Brown made one spectacular play in practice near the end of the spring and it was enough to let everyone know that he was back and in a big way from his injury that occurred before the start of last season. A year ago, brown was ahead of Janoris Jenkins during the spring and started that way in the fall before a preseason back injury derailed that. He is more of a pure cover corner with great flexibility and agility that allows him to make a lot of plays on the ball itself.

Adrian Bushell had the most impressive spring of all the corners. He started early and showed that he belonged in the elite group. Bushell missed last fall mainly because he got late clearance as a qualifier academically. He showed up early and often this spring and supplied hard hits and interceptions all spring long.

Sophomore

Janoris Jenkins continues to impress after an All-American freshman season. Jenkins played a lot in the slot as the nickel defender in the spring and I think he will be utilized there when the Gators face a spread offense and teams that use quick slot receivers. He is in there because of his very aggressive play where he doesn't let quick defenders off the line of scrimmage and into their routes.

Juniors

Joe Haden has started for the Gators in the last two seasons and has led the secondary in tackling both years. Haden has big time speed and strength and uses these tools much like Wondy, but is a bit more flexibility to cover closer and recover faster. He seemed to play more aggressive this spring than maybe he has so far in his career.

Moses Jenkins is yet another corner that looked to progress nicely this spring and could be called upon if necessary to perform. At 6-2, and 184 pounds Jenkins is another that can dominate receivers physically but is the least likely to catch up when in trouble and maybe the least agile of the group.

Seniors

Markihe Anderson enjoyed a very good spring. Finally healthy from knee injuries in the last two years, Anderson showed his expertise in breaking on the ball to make a few very nice interceptions this spring. Anderson would start for most every other team in the SEC in my opinion.

Wondy Pierre-Louis also had a great spring. With the Gators playing a lot of nickel defense, he started most of the spring on the outside. Pierre-Louis plays aggressive and has great size at 6-1, and 190. He isn't a lock down corner, but uses his size and speed to overpower receivers moving down the field.

With everyone returning and after a big time season from the cornerback position, building depth and getting a little better all around was the name of the game this spring. Consider spring 2009 a successful campaign in the secondary with the Gators coming out with as much experience and quality depth as they have had in maybe decades.

Watch this video to see some of what we saw this spring…




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