Who's Your Starter: Cornerback #1

 

QB: Austen Arnaud (So.)
RB: Alexander Robinson (So.)
TE: Derrick Catlett (Jr.)
WR: Marquis Hamilton (Jr.)
WR: RJ Sumrall (Sr.)
WR: Sedrick Johnson (Fr.)
LT: Matt Hulbert (So.)
LG: Reggie Stephens (Jr.)
C: Alex Alvarez (So.)
RG: Ben Lamaak (So.)
RT: Doug Dedrick (Sr.)

WE: Rashawn Parker (Jr.)
DT: Bailey Johnson (So.)
NG: Nate Frere (Jr.)
DE: Kurtis Taylor (Sr.)
SLB: Michael Bibbs (Sr.)
MLB: Jesse Smith (Jr.)
WLB: Josh Raven (Jr.)

Josh Raven edged out Fred Garrin by just a couple of votes to claim the weakside linebacker position. It's pretty safe to say that through the first 18 parts of this experience, things have gone by the books.

For the cornerback position, rather than breaking things down by left and right cornerback, I'm going to run two polls to determine our winners for the two cornerback spots.

Chris Singleton enters his senior campaign as the returning rightside cornerback and ISU's leading pick man, with four interceptions last season. His 108 career tackles are by far the most out of any of the returning cornerbacks. Allen BellYouTube star, came in as a sophomore and made an immediate impact, racking up 54 tackles, as well as one of the most impressive interception returns I've ever seen. Devin McDowell finished last year with 16 tackles after being pressed into action as a freshman. His interception return for a touchdown against Missouri kept the Cyclones in the game. Zac Sandvig had trouble holding on to punts, as well as keeping his knee healthy. Leonard Johnson, Judah Linder and Ter'Ran Benton come in as true freshman with a chance to make an immediate impact. Johnson committed to ISU over South Florida and West Virginia, while Benton chose the Clones over Iowa and Nebraska. The future does seem bright at cornerback.

The top cornerback spot could be an interesting battle. Singleton and Bell both had some outstanding and some not-so-outstanding moments last year, but both have the potential to be All-Big 12 players.

 

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