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Tiger Camp 2018: Day 15 - Cornerbacks
Friday, August 17, 2018
Tiger Camp 2018: Day 15 - Cornerbacks


--- The defensive backfield was one of the best in the FCS during 2017 allowing just 146.5 yards per game trough the air. The cornerbacks played a major role in the team’s success, but will enter 2018 needing to replace Terrell Bonds, who ended his four-year career with 10 interceptions.

Dajour Nesbeth returns for his junior campaign after finishing sixth on the team with 48. Nesbeth earned a spot on the 2018 Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Team after posting two interceptions, nine breakups and 11 pass deflections.

Neiman Armstrong saw time at corner a year ago, as he filled in for Bonds who missed a pair of games due to injury. Armstrong, who collected 18 tackles, a sack, two breakups and two pass deflections, will battle Nick Harper, Jr. to play opposite of Nesbeth. Harper sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, after spending his freshman season at Missouri State.

A trio of talented freshmen, Josh Green, Kenyon Garlington and James Reese IV, all with ties to TSU, looks to provide depth. Green, the brother of sophomore linebacker James Green, is expected to push for immediate playing time.

Garlington could see time this season both in the defensive backfield and as a return specialist. Garlington’s brother, Weldon (2011-14), and father, Leon (1986-87), both played for the Big Blue.

Reese, the son of former Tiger head coach James Reese III (2000-04), is expected to provide competition and depth.

 CORNERBACKS  HT   WT   YR   Gms Played   Tackles   Pass BrUp   INT 
 Dajour Nesbeth   6-1     187     So.   20  47   10   2 
 Neiman Armstrong    6-1     185    So.   11  9 9 2
 Nick Harper, Jr.   5-11   175   R-So.   Sat Out Due to NCAA Transfer Rules  --   --   -- 
 Larry Wilhoite  6-0 185 R-So. 9 33 1 1
 Josh Green 6-0 180 Fr. -- -- -- --
 Kenyon Garlington   5-9   175   Fr.   --   --   --   -- 
 James Reese IV  5-10   160   Fr.   --   --   --   -- 

Redshirt Sophomore Nick Harper, Jr.
- On first year on the field after sitting out
“It feels great. First year eligible, finally playing. My first year at Missouri State I had to redshirt and sit out, and I transferred here and because of NCAA rules, I had to sit out, so it’s my first year playing since high school. I’m excited.”

- On difference between high school and college
“At this level, everything is a lot faster. Athletes are obviously better. You have to stay on your toes and always work on your craft. “

- On competition at the position
“You cannot get complacent. You have to stay working hard. Once you get complacent, the next guy will come up and take your spot. You have to stay hard working.”

- On individual improvements
“I have to work on staying low in my back pedal, playing the ball in the air, and learn to catch them. I’ve dropped too many picks. “

- On defense as a unit
“The defense is good. The safeties are good, I like our linebackers and linemen. I trust everybody on the field.”

Freshman Kenyon Garlington
- On the cornerbacks overall
“We’re really deep, and we have a lot of corners capable of starting. I just think we’re really special. We have a lot of in-state and out-of-state players that are capable of stepping on the field at any time.”

- On camp
“Camp is rough, of course. It’s part of it. I’m excited for the season. I see it as part of the process. You have to keep trusting it.”

- On individual improvements
“Mostly working on my technique - the basic things at this point. Once I get that down, I’ll be playing a lot.”

Freshman Josh Green
- On his first camp experience
“It’s really tough and really busy. I’m not used to waking up early, but I had to get used to it. Curfew is definitely hard, but like Garlington said, you just have to trust the process and keep working.”

- On difference between high school and college
“Everything is faster and really technical. If you’re alignment is wrong, you had a bad practice.”

- On individual improvements
My stance. We all can play, but at the end of the day, you have to know the down and the distance, your alignment, your personnel and things of that nature.

- On the depth chart
“We’re really deep. I came out here not thinking it was this deep. Nick Harper is a really good corner, James Reese is a good corner, Garlington is a good corner, DaDa (Dajour Nesbeth) is a good corner… we’re all good, we all have the capability of playing, but it’s about who’s going to win the spot at the end of the day.”

Freshman James Reese
- On playing in home city
“It feels good. My dad used to be the head coach here, so it feels good to be in this environment that I’ve been in most of my life.”

- On first memory of TSU
“Well, I can’t remember when I was first here, but people used to tell me all the time I used to run around when I was two.”

- On the depth
“The cornerbacks this year are really deep. We have so much depth, it’s crazy. I wasn’t expecting it, coming in, because in high school, it was just me.”

- On individual improvements
“I’m working on my technique and keeping everything sharp. If it’s not sharp in college, you’ll get embarrassed.”