Player Profile Series: CB Kenneth Acker

With fall camp nearing, the PS staff will profile all 22 projected starters throughout July. Today we take a look at junior corner Kenneth Acker.

Kenneth Acker

Position: Conerback

Size: 6-0, 195

High School: Grant (OR)

Classification: Junior

2011 review: Keith Robinson had been dubbed the starting cornerback during spring football, but Acker showed maturity and growth as he continued to work hard through the summer and eventually won the job in fall camp.

Acker, who started all 13 games, didn't have a ‘wow' season but held his own in his first year as a starter. He was picked on early, but that only made him better as the season progressed.

A lot of balls came his way with the emergence of lockdown corner Richard Crawford on the other side, but Acker didn't make the most of his opportunities, finishing the year with only one interception.

What Acker lacked in the turnover category, he made up for when it came to stopping the run. The sophomore corner recorded 63 tackles including 49 solos. Acker did a terrific job of corralling opposing backs and exemplified that with a career-high eight tackles in the season finale against Rice and six in SMU's bowl win over Pitt.

2011 grade: B-

2012 outlook: With Crawford graduating, it's now time for Acker to step up and be the team's No. 1 corner.

Can he be that? He might not do as well as Crawford did last year, but Acker will certainly improve from 2011, which means he'll be a pretty darn good football player.

Acker bulked up a little over the spring and is continuing to do so this summer. At 6-feet, 190-punds, he will be able to match up against bigger wide outs and be more physical than he was last season.

The thing Acker needs to improve on the most is making plays. As stated, Acker only had one pick last year. That number needs to needs to go up- way up. He did have four pass breakups, but again Acker will be depended on cover the opposition's biggest threat on the outside.

With all the necessary tools - size, speed and experience- Acker is surely poised for a breakout season, but will need to adjust quickly to being the main man. He will get tested early when he faces Baylor's Terrance Williams (6-3, 205) in the season opener.

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