2013 Spring Blitz: Cornerbacks

The Frogs hit the practice fields for the first workout of the spring next Friday. Today, we take a look at the Frogs' cornerbacks and what to watch for this spring.

The Frogs currently have six scholarship cornerbacks on the roster led by All-American Jason Verrett. Sophomore Deante' Gray, who played cornerback last season, is projected to move back to receiver.
Jason Verrett
Kevin White
Keivon Gamble
David Jenkins
Travoskey Garrett
Kolby Griffin

Returning Statistical Leaders
Tackles: Verrett; 63
INT: Verrett; 6
PBU: Verrett; 22
TFL: Verrett; 5


STRENGTHS: Experience, size, speed
WEAKNESS: for now, overall depth

White had a good year in his first as a starter
Last season at this time, the biggest question was whether or not the Frogs secondary would be able to matchup against bigger and faster receivers in the Big 12. We can all agree that the cornerbacks passed with flying colors, especially Jason Verrett. A year after questioning whether or not he should even continue playing football, Verrett was the top cornerback in the Big 12 last season and passed on a chance to enter the NFL Draft where some felt he could be a second to third round pick. Verrett was named All-American by several publications and he will undoubtedly be a preseason All-American in 2013. Kevin White shouldn't be overlooked for his progression toward the end of the season. Although he struggled early on, he had good games late in the season especially after teams knew they had to go his way thanks to the emergence of Verrett.

The Frogs obviously have some experience returning, and they have some good one's ready to come in and add some depth. Keivon Gamble returns for his senior season after shining as a special teams member in 2012. He adds good depth at field corner. Two players are expected to not only add depth but could compete for starting positions as well; David Jenkins and Travoskey Garrett. Both have great size to cover Big 12 receivers and have drawn praise from Gary Patterson in the past. Jenkins sat out last season after transferring from LSU while Garrett battled a knee injury that forced him to miss yet another year of football. It's yet to be seen if he's totally healed. Kolby Griffin shores up the cornerback spot and is another key player ready to contribute and gives the Frogs yet another big-bodied corner.

What to watch: Will Jenkins and Garrett challenge White?

White proved last season that he won't go down without a fight to keep his starting position. But, at 5-10, 180 he's not the typical prototype boundary corner Patterson usually puts on the field. Enter Jenkins, who with a 6-1 frame and 4.4 speed, could be ready to give White all he can handle. Patterson mentioned more than once last fall with how impressed he was with Jenkins. Remember, Jenkins was a four-star corner out of Hebron in 2011 who signed with LSU. It's been mentioned ad nauseum. For Garrett, it's all about being healthy and we won't know that fully until the first couple of spring practices.

Breakout player: David Jenkins

Jenkins was one of the nation's top corners out of high school
It may seem Jenkins has high expectations set for him, but it comes with the territory when you're ranked as the No. 11 cornerback prospect in the nation out of high school. Not to mention, you're head coach has praised you a number of times already.

Keep an eye on: Travoskey Garrett

Is he healthy? That's the biggest question on everyone's mind right now. If he is, watch out. Like Jenkins, Garrett is a big-bodied corner who stands nearly 6-2 and when healthy runs a 4.41 forty. Not many receivers are going to get behind that type of corner. Also like Jenkins, Garrett is a player who Patterson has spoke highly of since Garrett hit TCU's campus in the summer of 2011, even noting the possibility of him playing as a true freshman before he was injured.

Spring predictions
- Verrett and White end spring as the starters but watch for Jenkins to battle White
- Jenkins gets the most praise from Patterson
- Griffin gets some reps at safety

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