August 19, 2011

Tech's Curtis on cornerbacks so far in fall camp

Opposing quarterbacks often got the best of the Louisiana Tech secondary last season as the Bulldogs ranked 117th amongst FBS schools in pass defense and surrendered 290.17 yards per game. If fall camp is any indication of how the unit has progressed since the end of last season, cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis will be elated. recently sat down with the second-year coach to talk about his unit and the upcoming season.

BleedTechBlue: With Southern Miss just around the corner, have you put any thoughts into potential starters?
Kevin Curtis: It changes all of the time. We started off with Justin Goodman and Terry Carter as the first group with Dave Clark and DeMarcion Evans as the second team. Right now those four guys are competing for going out on the field first, but realistically all four of those guys are putting themselves in a position in which you trust them to be out there on the field. We've got a long way to go but it feels good where we are at right now.

BTB: How does this unit compare to the same unit last season at this point?
KC: We are kind of at the same position that we were at last year at this time but we have a little more depth. Everyone has been here whereas last year we had more inexperience. The unit is more familiar with me and the technique that we use so they are a little more ahead of the curve.

BTB: How have Brice Abraham and Levander Liggins stood out?
KC: They are coming along. It's a lot on them right now but they are very athletic and they are very coachable. They listen while trying to get better and they are competitors. If they keep doing that everything is going to start slowing down for them. In terms of natural ability, they are very gifted and very good athletes.

BTB: Forcing turnovers has been a theme during fall camp, what has changed from last season?
KC: Guys are just playing defense and when the ball is in the air they are just going up there and attacking.

BTB: So the unit is more cohesive than last season?
KC: Right now we are playing pretty good together. We just need to keep growing, keep learning and play with a passion. We need to be hungry every time we come out to practice.

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