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Stampeding Through the Roster: #23 CB Kenneth Durden

Coach Holtz hopes the cornerback spot doesn't make him throw his headset off too much this season
Coach Holtz hopes the cornerback spot doesn't make him throw his headset off too much this season

At what is arguably the Bulls weakest spot on the defense, redshirt freshman Kenneth Durden has a opportunity to make an impact early in his USF career this season.

#23 CB Kenneth Durden
Redshirt Freshman, 6'0", 176 lbs.

Stats In 2011: Durden is statless, as he reshirted the 2011 season

Current Position On Depth Chart: Durden is currently listed as the co-starter at second cornerback with George Baker. With Kayvon Webster a lock at the first cornerback spot, Durden, Baker, and JuCo transfer Fidel Montgomery are battling it out in camp for the second spot.

How He Came To USF: Kenneth was an all-state performer at South Georgia powerhouse program Lowndes High School, finishing with the season with 40 tackles and 3 interceptions as a senior. An all-around performer, he also chipped in on offense with seven catches for 197 yards and 2 TDs, and blocked a FG on special teams to boot. Durden picked USF over Georgia, Louisville and Auburn. He also received an offer from Middle Tennessee State.

Recruiting Rankings: Rivals gave Durden three stars, as did Scout, who rated him #74 at cornerback. I think he finished #1 in eye-black though.

Projected Playing Time In 2012: Kenneth looks to get a lot of looks this season. Coach Skip Holtz has said he's "concerned about who's going to hold that spot down." He's also said that the team might have to play a lot of nickel this season, so the unsuccessful candidates at second corner should get time as a nickel back as well, unless Holtz goes with one of the more experienced backup safeties like Jon Lejiste or Ernie Tabuteau at nickel back.