The Western Kentucky cornerbacks had their moments of good and bad during the 2014 season. While the Hilltoppers group made their share of big plays, it also gave up its share as well.
After a season that saw them allow 289 pass yards a game, good – or bad – enough to rank 121st in the nation. Experience in the secondary and improved front line will both play factors in the Hilltoppers improving play in the defensive backfield.
WKU returns a pair of talented seniors at corner in Prince Charles Iworah and Wonderful Terry, both of which should contend for Conference USA post season honors in 2015.
The depth chart includes a pair of sophomores with limited experience in De'Andre Simmons and Joe Brown. Simmons saw action in six games last season, while Brown, a converted running back, played primarily on special teams.
DeVante Thomas, the Toppers nickel corner, returns from knee injury that forced him to the sideline for all of 2014. He played in 12 games, most on special teams, during his junior season in 2013.
A pair of talented rookies add important depth at the position, in A.J. Jackson and Jordon Gonzalez.
Iworah, a product of Nashville (Tenn.) Father Ryan, will be looked upon for both leadership and improved play in 2015.
A former high school all-state running back, Iworah is a physical corner who started all 13 games for the Hilltoppers last fall. He finished second on the team with five pass-breaks. He also recorded 37 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, and had an interception.
During fall camp, Iworah has been impressive and proving difficult to throw against.
“He’s been outstanding,” said WKU head coach Jeff Brohm. “I don’t think we’ve beat him once in camp.”
Starting at the other cornerback spot, Wonderful Terry doesn't really fit the mold of a sleeper, but the for Garden City Community College defensive back is set for a big senior campaign.
As a junior, his first in Bowling Green, Terry became a C-USA Second Team selection after quickly becoming as a big play performer. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound corner tied for second nationally with three defensive touchdowns last season, two by interception and the other a fumble return.
Possibly his biggest play as a junior came on the last play of the season when broke up a two-point conversion attempt by Central Michigan to secure the Hilltoppers first ever FBS bowl victory.
- A.J. Jackson, a product of Louisville Seneca, was rated as the state's top cornerback in 2014. He brings excellent speed and has a reputation as a solid lock-down corner.
- At 6-foot, 180-pounds, true freshman Jordon Gonzalez has nice size to step in to contribute this fall. A second team All-State selection as a senior, Golzalez is the son of former Louisville tight end Jose Gonzalez.
- Check out our video later previewing the cornerbacks position
- Next up in our position series is a closer look at the offensive line.