I thought Cornerback would be another good position as a candidate for today's upgrade or downgrade poll. Last year, Michael Norris started for us and did a fantastic job, earning Pac-10 honorable mention. I was a little surprised on how well he did, considering how teams had to pick on him simply because he was opposite our potential All-American, Alterraun Verner. I also wasn't sure about his physical tools, but he sure proved me wrong, especially with that incredible interception in the final game against USC.
After spring, it looks like Aaron Hester will be starting opposite Verner. Here he was covering Rosario during spring practice:
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Aaron Hester is only a redshirt freshman, one of many young guys slated to make it into the starting lineup this year. Brian Dohn said he isn't sure if Hester will be able to put together a 2009 that was as good as Norris's 2008, but that he probably has more upside than Norris. What do you guys think?
Is Aaron Hester an upgrade, downgrade or about the same as last year's Michael Norris?
After today, I'm thinking I'll move over to the defensive line, since at linebacker we have two established starters from last year, and Akeem Ayers who ended up earning a starting spot towards the end of the year in 2008.