McElrathbey Is Up For The Challenge

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With Justin Miller's departure to the NFL, the starting cornerback position opposite Tye Hill was left vacant. Sergio Gilliam and Chris Clemons were unable to close the door on the position in the spring. Now, Ramon "Ray Ray" McElrathbey will enter the mix with hopes of claiming a spot on the two-deep with a shot at starting by midseason.

McElrathbey really has hit the weight room hard this offseason, and he has visibly filled out since his senior season in high school. He has the ability to step right in and compete, but he knows it is going to be a challenge.

"If this was going to be easy, I would have stayed at home. I wanted to get here as soon as possible, so I could begin learning new skills and improving the ones I already had," said McElrathbey.

This will be a highly contested battle in the fall. It is dangerous to go with a true freshman or redshirt freshman, because Hill is not going to see a lot of balls on his side. The reason the opportunity is there is because Sergio Gilliam has very little game experience. Gilliam has put in the time, but with a new coordinator, he is on a level playing field.

We do believe McElrathbey will make the two-deep and avoid a redshirt. Then, you can expect Brandon Croley or Chris Clemons to begin seeing action at one of the safety positions.

"Coach Burns gave me directions on what to do during the offseason. I followed his directions, and now it is time for me to go out there and compete with the best," said McElrathbey.

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