CBs are the crucial for the Oregon State defense to perform. The Beavers need those guys to take away deep WRs one-on-on. When they do that the front seven can go wild on stunts.
The Beavers are in good shape with James Dockery as the veteran senior. Junior Brandon Hardin has been well-used, so he’s not really being broken in.
Depth, however, is still in the development stage. Sophomore Jordan Poyer is penciled in as the No. 3 CB for the fall. Read about his transition from safety to corner is going in Monday’s GT here.
“It’s going well,” CB coach Keith Heyward said of the CB development. “Brandon and Dock are doing some good things. They just need to develop consistency in the play. Then we have to develop the young guys, and find out where they fit in.”
Dockery, never a loss for words or confidence, believes the corners can do their jobs. That is, as long as everyone stays healthy.
“As far as this year goes, we are going to be fine with Brandon and I as upperclassmen,” Dockery said. “Guys like Jordan (Poyer), Rashaad, (Reynolds) and Keynan (Parker) will compete.”
Now that the Beavers have corners staggered in class level there won’t be massive rebuilding years. Plus, there’s a slew of talented underclassmen who we’ll get to see make impacts on special teams.
“As the future goes there’s going to be a lot of competition,” Dockery said. “There are six guys in the room with us who at some point in their careers will be starters.”
Coach Mike Riley agreed.
“Our corner depth with continued development will be really good – better than it has been in a while,” Riley said. “We are going to have 5-6 guys who can go into coverage situations and do a good job for us.”