Spring Peek: CB

With the focus being on spring practice, I felt compelled to break down the team position-by-position. Starting on defense with the backbone of the No. 1 rated pass defense in the country. The last line of defense known as the "secondary." The Hurricanes are set at the four defensive back spots coming into spring practice. Let's take a look at what we can expect this spring at cornerback.

Antrel Rolle (6'1 205) is the unquestioned leader of the secondary and gradually took steps during the 2002 campaign to fill Ed Reed's shoes in that regard. Rolle made all the defensive calls for the secondary and has evolved as a shutdown cover corner. While some feel Rolle's skills are better suited to be at strong safety, Rolle will remain as the No. 1 cornerback.

Kelly Jennings (6'0 175) had an adequate 2002 for someone with a cast on his hand. The Canes would like Jennings to show more playmaking ability with a year of starting experience under his belt. Jennings will receive competition for his spot this spring but should maintain his position.

Alfonso Marshall (6'1 185) is the elder statesman of this group. Marshall would like to leave UM with a bang. Besides competing for the No. 2 Corner Back spot with Kelly Jennings, Marshall will also look to be the ‘Canes nickel back for 2003. Marshall has not reached his full potential yet and should only prosper in his days ahead.

Glenn Sharpe (6'1 180) was a part of one of the best defensive back classes ever. With that said, Glenn did not disappoint. Receiving immense time during his freshman campaign, Sharpe made the most of it. Now he will compete for a possible starting position. With versatility to play safety also, Sharpe is a valuable commodity that the Canes will depend on.

Travarous Bain (6'0 175) is coming off a redshirt year in which he learned the playbook and all the nuances of the defense. Bain is a speedster with tremendous potential at corner. Bain's father is former Cane Tolbert Bain who was also a defensive back. Expect to see a lot of Bain on special teams this season.

Terrell Walden (5'10 175) re-signed with the 2003 class after sitting out 2002 with some qualification issues. Most expect Walden to see action this fall. Already on campus, expect to hear about this speedster a lot this upcoming season. He should make his mark felt on special teams as he gets adjusted to the college game.

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