The most intriguing name in this group is Nick Brassell, the “NFL corner.” That’s a label Hugh Freeze applied to Brassell in the spring of 2012 before Brassell flunked out and spent his sophomore season at East Mississippi Community College.
Brassell got volume reps in the spring and looked good. Freeze, however, has maintained from the beginning that Brassell has quite a distance to cover before he will be academically eligible. Last week Freeze’s stance did not change when asked if the number of snaps Brassell got in the spring could be interpreted to mean that Freeze believed Brassell had a “good” chance to become eligible. Freeze maintains that Brassell’s snaps in the spring were simply something to keep him encouraged while he does the right thing in class. Apparently he did the right thing in the spring.
If Brassell is around the Rebels have a rotation of three experienced corners, himself being less experienced than Charles Sawyer and Senquez Golson. Brassell can overcome that with athleticism. Golson is also pretty athletic and was playing well at the end of last year. Spring was big for him, just being around after missing spring of 2012 with baseball.
Sawyer is a senior and has been around the block at both corner and safety.
Brassell may be the closest to a “lock down” corner of the three. As talented as he is, it’s important to remember he’s played corner in a game maybe three or four times, all of that coming in 2011.
Sawyer led the team last year with eight interceptions. Golson was among three players with a team-high three intercetpions.
Another was Dehendret Collins who could figure into the mix for depth, which is slim behind the top three.
Collins will figure into run support at the Husky as well.
There’s not much experience from Cliff Coleman or Louis Covington, though Covington did some good things last year as a first-year junior college walk-on.
Carlos Davis is a name to watch here. A walk-on running back from Birmingham as a freshman last year, Davis made his mark on special teams where his speed was an asset from the beginning, and he became a sure tackler, finishing with seven stops on the season, six of them unassisted. He’s not big enough to help as a safety in run support. If he makes the transition to covering receivers he could help at corner. Coaches like him.
Bobby Hill and David Kamara are cornerbacks among the freshman signees.