2009 Preview: Rating the Cornerbacks

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1. Syd’Quan Thompson, California–Tough, lockdown corner.  Had 70 tackles, 14 pass breakups and 4 interceptions last year.  Also a very good punt returner.  2nd-team HP All-American in 2008

2. Trevard Lindley, Kentucky–Coming off an outstanding season in which he had 4 interceptions and 11 pass break ups.  Part of the reason the Wildcat defense has improved so much recently.  2nd-team HP All-American in 2008.

3. Alterraun Verner, UCLA–Great instincts and cover skills.  He led the nation with 18 pass breakups and was second on the Bruins in tackles with 73. 

4. Joe Haden, Florida–Impressive sophomore season highlighted lights-out Gators secondary.  Had 87 tackles, 12 pass breakups and 3 picks.

5. Javier Arenas, Alabama–Super fast corner who had 63 tackles and 7 pass breakups last year.  Also an excellent return man.

6. Devin Ross, Arizona–Naturally smooth corner who came into his own as a junior with 50 tackles, 13 pass breakups and 3 interceptions. 

7. Dominique Franks, Oklahoma–Led the Sooners secondary with 4 interceptions last year and should be the Big 12’s top corner in 2009. 

8. Donovan Warren, Michigan–Big talent in is third year as a starter and primed for a breakout season.  Had 52 tackles and 4 pass breakups in 2008.

9. Kendric Burney, North Carolina–Had 78 tackles and an outstanding 7.5 TFL in 2008.   Also added three interceptions.  The leader of a very good Tar Heel secondary.

10. Kyle Wilson, Boise State–The best defensive back in the WAC.  He had 10 pass breakups and 5 interceptions last year.

Honorable Mention: Joshua Moore, K-State;  DeAndre Morgan, NC State; Kevin Thomas, USC; Rafael Priest, TCU; Anthony Gaitor, FIU; Patrick Peterson, LSU

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