August 15, 2007

Garvin part of cornerback competition

Byron Garvin made a point during the Kansas State open practice in Olathe last weekend: The 5-foot-9, 188-pound senior isn't going to allow anybody to take the starting cornerback spots without a fight. Garvin has emerged in the starting cornerback rotation with Joshua Moore and Ray Cheatham during training camp. The big-time hitter with experience returns for his final season ready to make the most of his opportunity.

D. Scott Fritchen: You started five times last season. I see you're practicing with the No. 1 rotation on defense. What did it take to get there in training camp?

Byron Garvin: It's just about me going out there and competing every day. Everybody is playing really hard, practicing and watching film, and stuff like that. I just came out and have showed it on the field. I've gone out there and have done what I've needed to do and have entered the rotation by doing that. Hard work. It's just hard work. I've been watching a lot of film. I've seen what I've done wrong and have worked hard on correcting those mistakes. I'm being a better person and I'm being better on the field.

DSF: Do you feel you're on the road to earn a No. 1 spot?

BG: Oh yeah, most definitely. I'm out there fighting just like everybody else. Just with me continuing to do the things that I do, I'll be out there in the rotation.

DSF: What was the biggest thing in your game you had to change to earn a spot in the starting rotation?

BG: Technique. I've been working on my feet. I had been using my hips, but now I'm going back to my feet and that's paid off a little bit. I've kind of emerged since camp started.

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