Hicks vs. Iowa

On the roster: Donte Burton (RS Soph.), Dean Engram (RS Fr.), Deron Harrell (RS Jr.), Faion Hicks (RS Jr.), Max Lofy (Fr.), Semar Melvin (RS Fr.), Alexander Smith (RS Soph.), Caesar Williams (RS Sr.)

Incoming: Al Ashford III, Ricardo Hallman

Departing: Rachad Wildgoose (NFL)

Projected starters: Hicks, Melvin

There are rightfully major concerns about this group going into 2021.

After playing well for the most part against Indiana, the corners struggled against Iowa, Minnesota and Wake Forest to end the season. Hicks (above) and Williams will be back and likely be starters, and while the rest of the group has experience, their level of play hasn’t been high.

Leonhard’s aggressive pressures leave the corners on islands often and they didn’t respond well to those one-on-one challenges, with penalties in the secondary being a key issue this year.

There will be a lot of competition for reps in this group — any step up in play from the younger players would be welcome.

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