The cornerback position is, again, young but they have shown signs of brilliance at the end of last season. Raymond Washington
seems to be the key player and as a sophomore has the potential to be a real player as time goes on. At 6'0 190lbs, he is able to lock down the big receivers and is most remembered by the key FG block against San Diego State
to win the game. Awan Diles
is another excellent shut down corner. He has the speed to recover, but being only 5'8 he has to use his athleticism to contain the receivers. One of the fan favorites is Kendall Edwards
, who missed all but 2 games last year with a serious knee injury. This guy can flat out hit and I mean like Bryce McGill
. If he is healthy, look for him to crack his way back into a starting role. He is a senior so lets all hope he can get back to 100%. Some other key players that will get some playing time at the corner position are junior Therrian Fontenot
, who moved from rb, freshman Marcus McCauley
, Richard Marshall
and Martin Henderson
The safety position is one of the deepest that we have and I look forward to watching them play. James Sanders is one of the best players on the team. He was a freshman all-american last year and we can only expect him to get better. He is rated as the 8th best strong safety in the country by Sporting News as a sophomore. At 5'11 205lbs. he is considered the most athletic player on the west coast. Look for Nathan Ray to see some playing time as his back up and on special teams. Look for the battle for the
free safety spot to be a dogfight. It could go to either sophomore Tyrone Culver or freshman Vincent Mays. You couldn't go wrong with either one and to see we have that kind of talent is just awesome. Culver is the more experienced player and played well as a back up last season, but Mays has so much talent; he was a blue chipper safety who will see plenty of playing time in his career. Look for junior Dee Meza and freshman Josh Sherley to see some playing time as well.
It's going to be great to see down the road how these players develop. With the likes of Clifton Smith, Damon Jenkins and Marques Floyd coming in, we could be seeing some great DB's down the road. Its exciting to see these players come through the Bulldog program and hopefully we can get that stadium expanded sooner than later so they can all play in the Doghouse in front of 65,000 fans.
This will definitely be a key position for the Bulldogs this upcoming season. The talent is there but the experience is a little low. With the loss of only 2 DB's that saw significant playing time from last year (Demorieux Reneau and Cameron Worrell) we should be able to show the nation that these pups are for real.
The pieces are in place for a strong offensive run but the defense will be key.