Friday Discussion: Secondary and Depth Chart Changes

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Today we’ll cover four topics and focus on three different positions: defensive back, defensive line and wide receiver.

Antone Exum is a Better Cornerback than Kyle Fuller

Ok, hear me out. Notice I said “cornerback” and not “football player”. Kyle Fuller is the better overall football player, but Antone Exum is a better cornerback. Exum has become sort of a whipping boy amongst Tech fans. Watch a game on TV in a public place and listen to the comments of the fans around you about Exum and you’ll see what I mean.

Kyle Fuller was beaten deep by Rashad Greene in the game against Florida State.

Fuller, on the other hand, is still regarded as a good cornerback, even though he’s been beaten deep for touchdowns a lot more than Exum. Exum is almost always in a position to make a play on the ball, but he’s still playing the position for the first time, and he’s still developing a feel for things. In fact, the reason he gets called for pass interference so much isn’t because he’s getting burned. It’s because he’s in a position to make the play, but he just hasn’t figured out how to make it without interfering at this point in his career.

When Kyle Fuller gets beat, he really gets beat, and he’s usually not in position to commit a pass interference penalty that might save a touchdown. He’s not a natural turn and run cornerback. He’s better facing the line of scrimmage and moving forward, as we saw last year when he was playing whip/nickel.