July 9, 2007

Talented newcomer could be vital

The cornerback position is one that most Red Raider fans feel pretty good about. One starter, Chris Parker returns, and a premier backup from 2006, the supremely talented Jamar Wall is etched in as the starter across the way from Parker.

Moreover, there is a host of promising depth. Marcus Bunton is a seasoned veteran, redshirt freshman Laron Moore is one of the very fastest players on the roster, and former running back Pete Richardson has impressed many observers with his physical play and ability to learn the position quickly.

Perhaps because of the solidity of this position, certain players there haven't received pre-season publicity commensurate with their ability and potential to contribute. De'Shon Sanders is chief among those players.

The junior college transfer and Hobbs, New Mexico native started slowly in spring drills. He often looked lost, quite frankly, and was frequently torched by Tech's receivers as a result.

By the end of those workouts, however, a transformation was evident. All of a sudden, Sanders was routinely in correct position and making good plays on the best wideouts on the squad. Owing, presumably, to this strong finish, Sanders concluded spring workouts as the top backup to Jamar Wall. Realistically, Sanders could not have hoped for a better outcome.

The transition from junior college safety to Big 12 cornerback, after all, is not an easy one, as Red Raider cornerback coach Brian Mitchell makes clear.

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