JHoo’s Summer Reading: Defensive Backs

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Finally, the summer draws close to an end and with that, the end of the summer reading is upon us. And what better place to wrap up than with the last line of defense, the defensive backs?

When we looked at the defensive line and linebacker units, there were some questions to be answered, but an overwhelming feeling of optimism remained. That kind of optimism was easy to see coming when you consider the fact that some of the questions we were tossing around were of the “how do we work in all the new talent?” variety.

Now, we turn to the defensive backs. Again, there is reason for optimism, but far more cautious optimism. Why? The questions that have to be answered regarding the defensive backs are ones that reflect a lot of upside and a lot of downside. When you are talking about the last line of defense, “downside” is a word you would rather not hear.

The Starters

Chris Cook can make plays at DB.

One lock, three probables. The lock is Chris Cook at one cornerback slot. The probables are Vic Hall at the opposite cornerback slot with Byron Glaspy and Nate Lyles at safety.

The discussion has to begin with Chris Cook , the only established cornerback on the roster and a player with All-ACC ability. Far be it from me to say “I told you so” when it comes to Chris Cook but … well … I told you so. Cook is one of those players that entered the program with “it.” It never is easy to define “it,” but it is not hard to recognize “it.” Having “it” is not really an issue of physical skills, though Cook in not lacking in those – Cook is a tall, strong cornerback with great body control. Cook also is plenty fast, though admittedly faster than he is quick (but quick enough).

No, you instead could see “it” when Cook walked onto the practice