If Texas’ season opener was scheduled for this Monday, Tom Herman says he likely would have started Jalen Green and Kobe Boyce at the cornerback positions.
But alas, Texas still has five days to decide who will replace Kris Boyd and Davante Davis. Anthony Cook and D’Shawn Jamison are also vying for playing time. At his weekly press conference, Herman noted that “Jalen has earned the right to consider himself a starter. The other three guys are still going to battle (it) out throughout this week.”
Under Herman and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, Texas has shied away from using a rotation of cornerbacks. Herman, however, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Boyce, Cook, Green and Jamison all playing on Saturday.
All four of players who are contending for playing time are sophomores. Boyce and Cook combined for three starts last year, and Jamison got plenty of reps with UT’s offense and special teams. Cook is suspended for the first half of Saturday’s contest because of the targeting penalty he drew in the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl.
Louisiana Tech is coming off a season in which it averaged 249.7 passing yards per game. That total ranked 44th among the 130 FBS-level offenses. On Monday, Herman said that Louisiana Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith is “very experienced” and surmised that junior receiver Adrian Hardy was “a guy that can play anywhere in the country.”
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