CN Spring Cleaning: Cornerbacks

The tenth in a series of football position progress reports on features the cornerbacks, where two newcomers will impact the secondary this fall.

Pre-Fall Depth Chart:

Ellis Hobbs III, 5-9, 190, SR
Broc Bebout, 6-0, 190, R-JR

Henry Poullard, 5-9, 165, R-SR
DeAndre Jackson, 5-11, 185, SO


Bobby Chalk, 5-9, 175, FR, Garland (Texas) HS
Josh Hargis, 6-2, 170, JR, Palomar (Calif.) College
LaMarcus Hicks, 6-0, 190, R-JR, Coahoma (Miss.) CC

Spring evaluation:

With Hobbs having a stranglehold on his starting position at right cornerback, much of the focus was on the left side where Poullard and Jackson did battle. After playing as a true freshman last fall, Jackson looked to have the upper hand. However, Jackson's nagging injuries and Poullard's breakout spring made things interesting.

Poullard, an also-ran at corner throughout his four years, finally started to put things together this spring. Although he stands a few inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than Jackson, Poullard got noticed this spring because of the plays he made.

Although Jackson would enter the summer on the second-team, Jackson finished strong by making five tackles and one pass breakup in the spring game. But wide receiver Andy Kohler also burnt Jackson on a long touchdown pass in the second half. So if Jackson is to hold off some fall additions, work still needs to be done in the offseason.

Fall outlook:

If it weren't for an immediate need, defensive coaches would not have signed two JUCO transfer cornerbacks. So it's going to be hard for coaches to keep Hargis and Hicks off the field this fall. Hargis made the most headlines by leading the country with 11 interceptions at Palomar last fall. The 6-foot-2 corner also brings a physical presence to the field.

But Hicks is also an established corner and recorded four interceptions and 23 pass breakups for Coahoma. Some recruiting experts thought the former Southern Miss signee was the best JUCO defensive back the Cyclones recruiting last season.

Either way, the additions of Hargis and Hicks will give defensive coaches more options and coverage packages to fill out. Look for either Hargis or Hicks to earn the starting nod opposite Hobbs.

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