Position Glance: Cornerbacks
Aug. 11, 2017

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Position Coach: Derrick Jackson

Returning Starters: Da’Wan Hunte (5th)
Other Returning Letterwinners: Antonio Blackmon (Jr.), Tim Cason (Jr.), Kamal Hardy (Sr.), Josh Hayes (So.), Mike Little (So.), Brandon Shuman (So.)
Others: Jacob Abrams (Fr.), David Day (So.), Dedrick Mackey (Fr.), Kenneth Major (Fr.), Josh Okonye (GS)

At A Glance: Hunte started 10 games last season, finishing with 47 tackles, including 1.5 for loss with an assisted sack, and a team-high six PBUs. Wake Forest graduate transfer Okonye appeared in all 13 games for the Demon Deacons in 2016 and recorded 36 tackles, three PBUs and a fumble recovered. Hayes intercepted a pass in his first collegiate game against Eastern Kentucky. Blackmon picked off a pass at Minnesota and nearly returned it for touchdown, getting stopped at the one-yard line which allowed the offense to score as time expired in the first half.

Fun Fact: Two of the cornerbacks on the roster have already received their undergraduate degree. Hunte holds a degree in mass communications and Okonye a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise from Wake Forest.

Jackson Says: "We've got to go out there with fearlessness, play with reckless abandon, trust our technique and do what we're coached to do. If we put them in the proper position, these guys will make plays for us. That's our job to get them there."

Okonye Says: "I see a drive to compete among our guys. We're fighting to get better each and every day. We're trying to fix our techniques and try to get what we need done. That's what I like to see out of defensive backs because our job is very quick. One slight wrong move could cause a touchdown. So, we're all really focused on the details to get everything down to what we need to do and I really like how the guys are competing."

Practice Notes: Friday's practice was a little bit shorter as the team prepares for its first scrimmage of the fall. The Boilermakers will compete Saturday behind closed doors for about two hours. The scrimmage will consist of regular game situations, some "thud" (not full tackle) periods, as well as other situational plays. Head coach Jeff Brohm continues to see improvement across the board as he works to slowly put together a two-deep before the season opener Sept. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.



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