Fall Camp Preview:Cornerbacks

Looking at the revamped cornerback position as the Utes head into fall camp

Utah is replacing pretty much anyone and everyone that played last season. This crew is going to be entirely new. There's plenty of talent, but no experience. They're easily the biggest unknown on this team right now.

The Candidates

Hipolito Corporan (FR)
While only a freshman, Corporan brings his physical style of play to Utah and will look to make an immediate impact at the corner position. At 6'1", Corporan is another tall corner who can line up against the taller receivers and not give up much height. With his physical style of play, ball hawking ability, and body control, Corporan should turn some heads in fall camp.

Wykie Freeman (JR)
As his 2012 season was cut short due to a knee injury, Freeman will look to come back strong in 2013. With top end speed and great instincts, Freeman is a fun player to watch, and capable of some outstanding plays. Assuming his knee heals up fine and is back to 100%, Freeman will be competing for a starting spot.

Mike Honeycutt (SR)
Mostly a special teams guy, Honeycutt will try and make his way up the depth chart this fall and end his college football career on a high note. Although he hasn't seen much time at the corner postion, Honeycutt is more than capable of earning himself some time this fall. Has great speed and is very quick.

Keith McGill (SR)
Entering his senior season, McGill's time at Utah thus far has been disrupted by injury after injury. If McGill can finally stay healthy and avoid the injury bug, he should be the Utes' best corner. Though inconsistent at times, McGill is an excellent corner and who can cover any receiver he is lined up against. While his play in spring wasn't bad by any means, look for McGill to put on a much better show in fall camp. It's now or never for McGill. While he has the talent to be playing on Sundays next year, it's up to him to go out and prove that to the rest of the country.

Davion Orphey (JR)
After earning second-team all-conference honors at Santa Ana College in 2011 and 2012, Orphey comes to Utah looking to make an immediate impact at corner. Cousin of Keith McGill, Orphey and McGill give the Utes two big corners who are more than capable of covering taller receivers. With Orphey's physicality and experience, look for him to get a lot of playing time this upcoming season.

Reggie Porter (FR RS)
Coming off his redshirt year, look for Porter to come out and make his way up the depth chart. Porter is a great athlete and gets around the field very well. Along with his great ball hawking ability, Porter can also lay the wood when needed to. What you get from Porter is an all-around corner that can do it all for the Utes. I wouldn't be surprised a bit if Porter earns himself some serious playing time this fall.

Joseph Smith (JR)
As a junior, Smith could see himself playing a much bigger role this season than he has in the past. Smith will be one of the guys battling it out for the starting spot at nickel back. Another player I wouldn't be surprised to see receive a good amount of time this season.

Justin Thomas (FR RS)
Though he isn't the tallest of corners, JT is arguably one of the most talented corners on this roster. While only a redshirt freshman, Thomas will be heavily relied on in 2013 and will play a key role in this defense. Flashes of greatness were displayed during spring camp. Unfortunately, consistency was a little bit of an issue.

Michael Walker (SR)
Being his senior season, Walker has plenty experience as a DB. Walker is another guy who is capable of both safety and corner and will likely see time at both positions throughout the season. Listed as Co-starter at nickel back heading into fall camp.

Projected Depth Chart

Cornerback 1
Freeman or

Cornerback 2

Michael Walker
Joseph Smith

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