TCU Position Breakdown: Cornerbacks


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CB

1.) Jason Teague (6-2, 197 Sr)

Jason Teague was a high-profile recruit coming out of Carthage, Texas in 2006, possessing offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, TCU, Baylor, Houston, and UTEP.  Teague signed with the LSU Tigers but never made it to Baton Rouge as his journey required a 2 year detour at Tyler Junior College.  After his stint at Tyler J.C. Teague decided to "take his talents to cowtown" and signed with the Frogs in 2008.  Teague started two games for the Frogs in 2009 (AFA & SMU) and saw significant snaps in all 13 games, including the Fiesta Bowl.  At 6'2" Teague is the physical corner that Coach Gary Patterson dreams of in order to effectively run his 4-2-5 defense so it will be fun to see how Teague performs in 2010.

(Read about the rest of the TCU corners after the jump)

 

2.) Malcolm Williams (5-11, 205 Sr)

Much like Jason Teague, Malcolm Williams was a big-time player in high school that went the JUCO route and ended up a Frog.   As a senior at South Grand Prairie High School he was named the 5A Defensive Player of the Year and originally signed with Bob Stoops and the Sooners.  But instead of heading to Norman, Williams packed his bags for Athens, Texas, home of Trinity Valley Community College.  After putting in his time at Trinity Valley Williams headed west in 2009 and signed up with the TCU Horned Frogs.  In 2009 Williams played safety for the Frogs and was a big contributor on special teams.  He has been moved to corner for 2010 presumably because it takes quite a bit of time to learn the intricacies of the safety position in the 4-2-5 and at corner Williams will be able to let his natural abilities shine.  While he is currently penciled in as the backup corner to Jason Teague look for Malcom Williams to see alot of snaps and be a key player in the secondary this season.

3.) Elisha Olabode (5-10, 170 Fr)

Olabode is a 2010 signee that has yet to arrive on campus but is expected on campus in the near future.  Olabode also had offers to Nebraska, Wisconsin, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Baylor, Iowa State, and SMU.

CB

1.) Greg McCoy (5-10, 181 Jr)

in 2009 McCoy contributed on special teams and started two games at corner, including the Fiesta Bowl in relief of the now departed Rafael Priest.  Greg McCoy is one of the fastest players on the team and put his speed on full display in Laramie last year taking a kickoff 81 yards to the house.  McCoy came to TCU from neighboring Dallas, TX (Woodrow Wilson HS) in 2007 and also had offers to Iowa, Arizona, Baylor, and SMU.

2.) Travaras Battle (6-0, 180 Fr)

Battle is going to be counted on to contribute in a big way in 2010 as a true freshman cornerback.  Coach Patterson is giving him all the reps he can handle in camp to make sure the young corner will be ready, and by all accounts he has looked like a big-time player in the making.  Battle is from San Antonio and also had offers to Florida, Texas A&M, and Baylor.

3.) Kevin White (5-10, 170 Fr)

Another true freshman corner that needs to grow up fast and be ready to hit the field in 2010 is Kevin White from Round Rock, Texas.  White also had offers to Utah, Air Force, Wyoming, and Rice.

SUMMARY

One would assume that Frog fans would be panicking over the corner situation in 2010 after losing a pair of rock-solid, four-year starters to graduation in Rafael Priest and Nick Sanders, but as Lee Corso says, "Not so fast my friend!"  Replacing Sanders and Priest will be no easy task but incumbent starters starters Teague and McCoy both played admirably in 2009 including see the lions-share of the snaps in the Fiesta Bowl in which Bronco quarterback Kellen Moore was held to 211 yards passing.  The big concern at corner this year lies at depth, Malcolm Williams should be more than capable at stepping in, but if the Frogs need to dig any deeper they will be turning to true-freshman and walk-ons, which is a concern. 

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