Spring Blitz: Cornerbacks

With the Horned Frogs beginning spring ball on Feb. 24th we continue to get an early look at individual position battles and how each position we at HornedFrogBlitz.com feel will turn out. Up next, we take a look at the Frogs cornerbacks.

Jason Verrett | 5-10, 180 | Junior
Keivon Gamble | 5-10, 180 | Junior
Brian Alexis | 5-9, 160 | Senior

Kevin White | 5-10, 174 | Sophomore
Travoskey Garrett | 6-1, 195 | redshirt freshman
Kolby Griffin | 5-11, 181 | redshirt freshman

2011 Stats (Returning leaders)
Verrett | 58 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PBU
White | 18 tackles, 1 PBU

Unit Ranking: B
Strengths: Speed and jumping ability
Weakness: inexperience, size, depth

Among the six cornerbacks heading into spring, only two received any playing time in 2011. Jason Verrett received the most with ten starts under his belt. After starting the year on a rough note against Baylor, Verrett became the best cover corner the Frogs had down the stretch. He was also fifth on the team with 58 tackles. Kevin White mostly in a reserve role in 2011 but he did start three games. All eyes will be on two of the 2011 signees; Travoskey Garrett and Kolby Griffin. Garrett has the best size of the group at 6-1 and also has legit 4.4 speed. Had Garrett not been injured before the season last year, he would've played as a true freshman. Griffin in all honesty should've been a senior in high school last year, not turning 18 until October. Griffin came to TCU with high expectation after a stellar career at Houston St. Pius X and will be looked upon to add quality depth.

What to watch: The battle between Jason Verrett and Keivon Gamble

Verrett is the leader heading into spring, but don't turn your back on Gamble. After originally signing with SMU, Gamble spent the last two seasons at Trinity Valley C.C. While there Gamble was named SWJCFC all-conference both years and was among the nation's leaders in pass breakups. Gamble, who is also blessed with 4.38 speed, relies on technique to not give up big plays. Verrett struggled early in the season but became TCU's shut down corner as the season progressed. He struggled late against Boise State and Louisiana Tech, but overall he was the Frogs best cover guy. Verrett also has better jumping ability than Gamble which will come into play more often than not.

Breakout player: Travoskey Garrett

No surprise here. Last season during fall camp a question was asked to Patterson about Garrett's injury and when the coach not only says he would've had a chance to play and possibly start; you listen. Garrett is exactly the type of corner the Frogs secondary needs at the boundary. Aside from his frame, Garrett also has long arms which allow him to get a better press at the line of scrimmage.

Keep an eye on: Kolby Griffin

As mentioned earlier, Griffin was a pup last year. That time as a redshirt allowed him to learn the system more and get faster. One of Griffin's problems last year was technique; he seemed to rely too much on his speed. After a year in the program, he should be much improved. Griffin should add quality depth to the Frogs corners this year. There's no doubt that he will become a vocal leader of the group.

Spring predictions
- Verrett and Garrett lock down the starting corners heading into fall. However, Verrett and Gamble are 1A and 1B. White backs up Garrett
- Garrett has the best spring
- White shines in nickel situations

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