"When you look at Corey Broomfield and Johnthan Banks (at cornerback), you see guys who have played a lot of football. It seems like yesterday is when they started lining up, but this is going into their third year in the SEC. And to watch their development has really been impressive. And both of them add something unique - Johnthan with his length and size and Corey with his speed and athleticism. That has been a plus for us.
"Damein Anderson is a corner who really played well toward the end of the spring. And he probably had as good of a spring as the starters.
"Then you combine those guys with (redshirt freshmen) Jay Hughes and Jamerson Love at the corners. Jay can play either side and we believe he can also play safety. He's a defensive back. Jamerson had a really good spring. I see him competing in the two-deep as well. When you add in those two and Damein Anderson at corner, then you really feel pretty good at corner.
"And add in Charles Mitchell, Wade Bonner and Nickoe Whitley at safety and you have a pretty deep secondary. We are also hoping (junior college signee) Darius Slay comes in and helps us. He's been here this summer and done well. Zach Jackson is another guy who can come in and give us some depth. With all those guys you have depth across the board. That helps us in so many areas, especially in our nickel packages and in third down packages.
"Charles Mitchell is one of the best safeties in college football, period. That's how I feel about him. I have looked at guys in a lot places but I think Charles Mitchell is as good as anybody in college football right now.
"Right now, the secondary, because of their experience and athleticism, is one of the biggest positives of our defense."
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