Corner Battle Will Heat Up
With the departure of Justin Miller, there is big shoes that need to be filled at the cornerback position. Tye Hill will become the lock down corner that teams try to avoid. Hill gained valuable experience, while being tested playing opposite of Miller. Now, Hill will play the role of Miller.
Sergio Gilliam is listed as the starter opposite Hill heading into the spring. Gilliam has been praised for his selfless attitude thus far in his career, but has not been tested on the field. Gilliam has played well in a limited role thus far, but now will step into a different light. The Greer native will be pushed in the spring by two redshirt freshmen.
Chris Clemons is the closest to Gilliam heading into the spring. Clemons possesses one of the best vertical leaps on the team. He has shown good ball skills in practice.
Brandon Croley will also make his case for playing time this spring. Croley is a physical corner, who loves to play man press coverage. Croley's physical nature may remind many fans of Miller in his freshman season. If Croley can improve on his ball skills, he could make a serious push for a starting job.
This battle will not be settled in the spring. Also, in the fall Ray Ray McElrathbey, Haydrian Lewis, and Chris Chancellor will throw their hat into the mix. We will keep a close eye on this battle all the way up to opening kick-off.