August 11, 2006

Position breakdown: The cornerbacks

This year's crop of defensive backs could be the most athletic group of guys on the team. The defensive back unit has experience, size, speed, and potential for days. This group could surprise a lot of teams this year. Go inside for analysis from Willie Lee - a former DB at Gulf Coast that faced Tony Burks in practice - and inside analysis from DB coach Melvin Smith.

One of the most consistent of the guys in the Bulldog secondary, David Heard has been a steady contributor for two years. He goes somewhat unnoticed, because he makes everything look so easy. All Heard has done is come in and hold down a corner spot for two years in the SEC. Big enough to match up with bigger receivers and strong enough to out-muscle smaller ones. He is always in the right position and is sound technique wise.

"David Heard has a lot of experience and he knows how to play in this league," Smith commented.

The smallest corner of the rotation, but one that can run all day, Adron Chambers was once a wide receiver and has since made the move to corner. He has made the adjustment, because of good hips and agility. Chambers will try to help the Bulldogs return game too. The jury is still out on him, but expect to see him contribute on special teams early.

"Adron Chambers is inexperienced, but he's good athlete," Smith explained. "He needs to learn how to go guard his post better. He really has the skills I think you need to play corner."

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