A Deeper Look: Defensive Backs

The Red Raiders lose 3 out of 4 starters in their secondary going into next season. So who will step up and replace departing seniors Vincent Meeks, Khalid Naziruddin, and Dwayne Slay? RaiderPower.com provides an in depth look at who is in front to replace these great players.


The Players:

These four are most likely to monopolize the PT. We used 5 CBs in 2005 so we may see one or two more on the field. All four of these guys played last season.

Antonio Huffman - SR (6’0, 180) CB) Lovejoy, GA via Garden City CC

He is the only non qualifier to actually make it to the team eventually. He has his moments and fought Chris Parker off for the starting job all season. He is a CB that doesn’t excite you at CB but he doesn’t scare you either. PROBABLE STARTER AT LCB.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 11 23 12 35 2 1 4 2 9
2004 12 45 14 59 1 8 2 1 12
2003 13 15 5 20 2 0 4 6

Chris Parker - JR
(5’11, 175) CB - Dallas Sunset

He came on strong last season. He missed two games due to “ an injury” that just so happened to be the two games after he blew his cool in a game, got a 15 yarder and shouting at Ruffin McNeil on the sidelines. He came back later to walk off the field without any emotion or making eye contact with the ref after an interference call on picture perfect, textbook coverage, using the sidelines as an extra defender on a Sooner WR. PROBABLE STARTER AT RCB

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 10 18 3 21 3 1 5 9
2004 7 3 1 4 0

Darcel McBath - SO
(6’1, 199) CB – Gainesville

Played this season with a cast but played a lot of nickel back. MAY PLAY NICKEL BACK AGAIN AND IS PROBABLE BACKUP AT LCB.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 6 1 1

Marcus Bunton - SO
(5’8, 191) CB - Taylor

He was a pleasant surprise last season. PROBABLE BACKUP AT RCB.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 12 4 2 6

The Unknowns:

Brent Nickerson – RSFR (6’0, 172) CB - Irving MacArthur
As a SR, he made 48 tackles, three interceptions, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles during senior season. He was a very highly rated blue chip prospect and should push for PT this year.

Jamar Wall - FR (5’10, 185) CB - Plainview
May get a chance on O but is an incredible athlete and a smart player and could push for PT as a true FR.

LaRon Moore – FR (5’9, 181) Oklahoma City Midwest
Big name recruit out of Oklahoma who did visit and was offered by Notre Dame.

Jarrell Routt - FR (5’9, 180) CB - Texas City
Grade risk and probably doesn’t make it on campus. He will RS even if he does qualify.


Probably Not Going to Play CB in 2006:

Clifton Eddington – JR (6’0, 195) CB – Dallas Skyline

A walk-on who probably plays more on ST than at CB.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 6 7 2 9

James Conwright - JR
(5’10, 183) CB - Lubbock Coronado

Phill Ervin - JR (5’11, 181) CB - Abilene Cooper



The Players:

We lost both starters and the best replacements were the guys who played most last season.

Joey Garcia - JR (6’2, 206) S Clovis

He was a hard hitter in HS but really struggled in pass coverage. Had a good game in pass coverage against FIU and we will need him to play that way against the Big 12 competition. He is listed as the starting SS for the spring. PROBABLE STARTER

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 11 11 5 16 1 1 1 3
2004 9 7 3 10 1 1

The Pretenders:

These two guys could start if they could put a couple of things together and catch up with speed of the game.

Lance Fuller - SO (6’0, 218) S - Smithson Valley

Made some strides last spring, but needs to make more this spring. He is currently listed as starting FS for the spring. POSSIBLE STARTER. 

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 12 3 3 6

Anthony Hines - SO
(6’1, 227) S - Denison

He has a lot of potential but needs to step up this spring. He is listed as backup SS for the spring. 

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 12 5 4 9


The Unknowns:

Daniel Charbonnet - SO (5’11, 195) S - The Woodlands via Duke
He played CB at Duke and his big play came when he blocked a punt and returned for a TD. Started 2 games at Duke and with a great spring could be a starter in 2006.

LaShawn Vation - RSFR (5’9, 173) S - Irving MacArthur
As a SR, made 101 tackles, five INTs and two FR. He was a big HS player and his size is the only drawback. 


The True FR:

Franklin Mitchem - FR (6’2.5 - 210) OLB/S – Klein
He could RS, add WT and play LB, but listening to Lyle at the Signing Day press conference, I think Mitchem will be given a chance to play S as a true FR.

Leonard Hewitt - FR (5’10, 180) S - Lufkin
Leonard is a hard hitting DB who will get every chance to play as a true FR.

Steven Harris - FR (5’10, 175) S - Lewisville Hebron
Big name player that is supposed to be ready for this level, I think he RS but could get some PT

Blake Collier - FR (6’1.5, 208) OLB/S - Justin Northwest
He is a very fast guy who can hit. He probably plays S in college and if he does, he could be the next Meeks for us. He could also RS, add 12 pounds or so and be a solid OLB for us.


Probably Not Going to Contribute Much:

Hunter Coleman - JR (5’10, 191) S Austin Westlake

James Conwright - JR (5'10, 183) S - Lubbock Coronado

Phil Ervin- JR (5'11, 181) S - Abilene Cooper

Kennedy Offoegbu - SO (6'3, 195) S - Los Angeles St Benard

Jordy Rowland - SO (6’3, 190) S - Nazareth

Loy White - JR (5’8, 192) S - Georgetown

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