Byard, healthy Gilstrap to lead secondary

April 16, 2013 · @MTAthletics

18 Kenneth Gilstrap, r-Sr., LC
4 Herbert King Sr., LC
21 Drayton Calhoun, r-Sr., LC
7 Khari Burke, r-Jr., LC
*John Kelly, r-Jr., LC
Alex Dale, r-Fr., LC
20 Kevin Byard, r-So., SS
23 Chris Brown, r-Fr., SS
47 Rodney O'Neal, r-So., SS
22 David Jones, r-Sr., LB
34 Anfornee Stewart, r-Fr., FS
31 Reginald Farmer, r-Sr., FS
8 Sammy Seamster, r-Sr., RC
24 Jared Singletary, r-So., RC
27 Chris Sharpe, r-Jr., RC
*Jeremy Massey, r-Jr., RC
*Keemem Berry , r-Fr., RC

Shon Akins, Fr., LC
Xavier Walker, So., SS
Michael Minter, Fr., RC

Coach Stockstill on position: "This is a solid group but also a position where we can improve the most as a football team. We gave up too many big plays last year so we have to focus on getting better in that department immediately. We also need some guys to step up at corner.

Gilstrap: Will be out for the spring due to the injury he suffered in South Alabama game ... Most experienced corner on the team who was really good last year ... Played more physical in 2012 which is what the coaches wanted him to do ... Needs to have a big year for the defense.

Seamster: Showed some flashes late last year despite being a corner for the first time in his career ... Has all the tools to help the team ... Gives the team a good size corner and plays physical.

Byard: Coming off a great year as a freshman last season ... If he stays humble and does not get satisfied then his future is extremely bright ... A good tackler with exceptional ball skills ... Needs to compete every day in order to be a great player.

Jones: Moved to linebacker in the middle of spring drills ... A good all-around football player who has experience and is a guy the coaches trust ... Loves the game of football and is very competitive ... Needs to be more consistent.

Stewart: Coaches are very anxious to see him play after a very productive redshirt year ... Expected to make an impact.

Sharpe, King, Singletary: All three will compete for starting positions and/or prominent backup roles ... Spring and summer will be critical.

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