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Nebraska Football Position Breakdown: Cornerbacks

So who is a cornerback and who is a safety? Time to throw darts!

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Note: We decided to do a separate articles for cornerbacks and safeties. Since this coaching staff appears to like having guys that can play both, some of these may be a shot in the dark. Some will likely be wrong. Some will likely change. Just like life. Just. Like. Life.

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Coach - Travis Fischer

Cornerbacks - 2018

On Roster in 2018, Based Off of Avery Anderson, Dicaprio Bootle, Moses Bryant, Bradley Bunner, Braxton Clark, Ethan Cox, Corbin Frederick, Lamar Jackson, Eric Lee Jr., Cam Taylor

Contributors in 2018:

a) Dicaprio Bootle: Started all 12 games in 2018. Had a career high in tackle (39) and forced his first fumble. Broke up the most passes (15) by a Nebraska football player since Fabian Washington in 2004. That number lead the conference. He was a third-team all-conference selection.

b) Braxton Clark: Played in the maximum four games. Recorded one tackle this season, which was against Bethune-Cookman.

c) Ethan Cox: Played in 11 games while spending most of his time on special teams. Had three tackles in 2018.

d) Lamar Jackson: Played all 12 games in 2018, and started in 11 of them. He registered 28 tackles with a career high seven pass breakups. He also had his first career interception in 2018, and finished the season with two total.

e) Eric Lee Jr.: Appeared in nine games and started one. Had 13 tackles in 2018. Spend some time on kick-off coverage.

f) Cam Taylor: Appeared in 10 games while playing both on special teams and on defense. He had 12 tackles on the season and three pass breakups.

g) Tony Butler: Played in 11 games in 2018, mainly on special teams but did not record a tackle.


Javin Wright - 3 star DB - Other Offers: UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington

Outlook for 2019 and Beyond: At this point it appears as if Javin Wright is the only likely cornerback out of this class. As of right now Quinton Newsome, Noa Pola-Gates and Myles Farmer are slotted to be safeties (AS OF RIGHT NOW). As I said above, this staff likes guys who can play both cornerback and safety so of course there could be a lot of movement.

Javin Wright is listed at 6’3”. That is great height at the cornerback position. Appears that this staff likes taller players and then after they get on campus they hand them over to Zach Duval to make them faster.

His dad is a former blackshirt which does not hurt either.


Unlike the linebackers, there is no loss at the cornerback position due to graduation. The top 5 cornerbacks from 2018 will be back in 2019. While I see continued improvement from Lamar Jackson and Dicaprio Bootle, I think Cam Taylor is going to take the largest jump. Remember, he is a converted cornerback from a quarterback.

Avery Anderson was hurt in 2018 so hopefully the one hyped recruit can make some in-roads on defense. Ethan Cox was a name that was making the rounds as an up-an-comer so maybe we will get to see why this coming season.