August 7, 2011

Defensive Back preview

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Cornerback | Jordan Poyer + LB Cam Collins

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Pass Defense since 2003
Pass Efficiency Defense

2003 - 6

2004 - 8

2005 - 107

2006 - 46

2007 - 37

2008 - 32

2009 - 64

2010 -

2011 Prediction - 50

Pro - Experience

Con - Deep ball

Wildcard - Poyer

As the fall season gets underway, Beaverblitz will be taking an in depth look at each position group. Familiar faces who etched their names forever in Beaver football history are replaced by experienced back-ups and talented youngsters ready to re-write the record books. Here's a look at the 2011 secondary.

COACH: Keith Heyward

Projected Starters

    Brandon Hardin, Sr.

    Jordan Poyer, Jr.

    Lance Mitchell, Sr.

    Anthony Watkins, Jr.

Players to Watch

   Rashaad Reynolds, So.

   Sean Martin, So.

   Keynan Parker, Jr.

   Josh LaGrone, Jr.

   Ryan Murphy, Fr.


   Mishawn Cummings, So.

   Larry Scott, Fr.

While there's no shortage of depth at corner and safety, experience beyond the projected starters is minimal. Much like the linebacking crew, the secondary has the potential to be a shut-down unit. Time will tell and as fall camp gets underway, we'll get a much better idea of how far some of the young faces have progressed.


Jordan Poyer has become a bit of a do-everything player for OSU. Along with being the projected starter at corner heading into the 2011 season, Poyer was 2nd in the conference in kick return yards (27.8 ypa), is OSU's punt return man and is versatile enough to catch passes on offense if needed. Poyer should be a reliable force on the outside and will look to improve on his two interceptions from last season.

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