Similar to one outside linebacker position, a cornerback spot currently has two players—Tracy Howard and Antonio Crawford—listed as co-starters.
Many, unfairly, expected Howard to be a world-beater as a true freshman, and although he did not have an All-American-caliber season, Howard was still a valuable reserve.
He had his most productive collegiate game in the season finale against Duke. Howard shook the second-string title, earned his first career start, collected four tackles and had two pass breakups.
Crawford, on the other hand, primarily played special teams as a true freshman and made seven tackles throughout the season.
Charlie McCarthy of Fox Sports Florida notes both players are eager to play like veterans and have "turned the corner."
Since the 'Canes no longer have Brandon McGee or Thomas Finnie, Miami needs all of its cornerbacks to step up. Howard may have higher expectations than Crawford, but both players have the talent to officially lock down the starting position.