Looking ahead, position-by-position: cornerback

With Breeland, Jenkins, Robinson healthy, Tigers can go two-deep plus at the corners

Clemson Tigers cornerback Darius Robinson and Clemson Tigers cornerback Bashaud Breeland celebrate after intercepting a pass in the second quarter.

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Clemson Tigers cornerback Darius Robinson and Clemson Tigers cornerback Bashaud Breeland celebrate after intercepting a pass in the second quarter.

Looking ahead, position-by-position: cornerback

No. 1 question: Can Bashaud Breeland, Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson put their injury troubles behind them?

The depth chart: The Tigers took hit after hit at the cornerback position during the 2012 season, first losing Martin Jenkins to hernia surgery before the season began, and then having Darius Robinson sidelined by a broken ankle, Bashaud Breeland with a slow-to-heal abdominal injury, and reserve Jerrodd Williams with a broken leg. Clemson was so thin in the secondary that at one point wide receiver Adam Humphries played on the defensive side of the ball.

There was a silver lining to the injuries: Garry Peters and Cortez Davis had to grow up in a hurry, and both ended up giving a good account of themselves over the second half of the season. Peters took over as a starter for the Georgia Tech game, and senior Xavier Brewer, who started out the season at strong safety, moved to the other position.

With Breeland, Jenkins and Robinson back on the field, the Tigers should have an abundance of depth, and the ability handle nickel back alignments and allow Travis Blanks to move to safety. Walk-on Dante Stewart will continue to provide depth, and joining the defensive backfield mix this season will be redshirt freshman Ronald Geohaghan.

Recruiting prospects: The home stretch of the 2013 recruiting cycles will tell the tale for the Tigers, who in 2012 lost out to Florida State for five-star corner Ronald Darby, who went on to be named ACC defensive rookie of the year, and during this past summer to Virginia Tech for five-star corner Kendall Fuller. The Tigers also lost a commitment from cornerback David Kamara of Loganville, Ga. Clemson is currently in pursuit of one of the nation's best corners in Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, Fla., as well as Korrin Wiggins, a North Carolina commitment from Durham, N.C., and Adrian Baker, a former FSU commitment from Hollywood, Fla.

Cornerbacks of interest for 2014 include Wesley Green of Lithonia, Ga., Jalen Tabor of Washington, D.C., Marion Humphrey of Hoover, Ala., Evan Berry of Fairburn, Ga., Darin Smalls of Summerville, S.C., Edward Paris of Arlington, Texas, and Quincy Wilson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Brucepg2000 writes:

Humphrey could work better in the secondary.

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