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.