DBs A Strong Suit

Iowa cornerback coach and recruiting coordinator Seth Wallace checks in about the progress of the defensive back's this spring.

Along with the title of recruiting coordinator, Iowa coach Seth Wallace coaches the cornerbacks.

The spring, is a busy time for the recruiting part of his gig, but he's still taking time to get on the field and coach some football.

"I'm still the recruiting coordinator, as well, so at this point in time that's a lot more of it. I've got an opportunity to work with Phil and the rest of the defensive staff. When the time is right, I am working with those guys, I'm coaching those guys, but at the end of the day, it's still about making sure that our staff is headed in the right direction recruiting-wise," Wallace said.

At cornerback, one of the returners looking to bolster the defense is junior Greg Mabin, who started in 12 of 13 games last season.

"He's fine. I don't know that that one game fazed him at all," Wallace said of Mabin's performance in the Tax Slayer Bowl. "There's plenty from last year that would show that he's a very good player. He's a competitor. That's what a lot of guys got to do these days. They're going to come across a day where it didn't wind up on their side. But he's done everything that we've expected this spring."

And as for the safety position, Wallace spoke to that too.

Rising sophomore safety Miles Taylor was one of only three true freshman to play last season and true freshman Brandon Snyder are two athletes fighting for playing time this fall.

"I think you've got two quality candidates that are extremely green at this point," Wallace said.

He added, "Both of them are well-qualified. They both lack experience, and that's where they're very green, and that shows up at times. But you talk about two individuals that are locked in, and there isn't a day or a period of practice that goes by that those two aren't competing their tails off."

As for the defensive back group in general, according to Wallace they have had a good spring.

"Those guys are competing, and by doing so they're making each other better each day," Wallace said.


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