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Top Players: Mackensie Alexander, Jayron Kearse, Garry Peters, Robert Smith, Cordrea Tankersley, T.J. Green, Martin Jenkins
Question Mark: Jadar Johnson, Adrian Baker
Mackensie Alexander has not played a down for the Tigers but has tons of hype surrounding him. Cordrea Tankersley played special teams last year, but doesn't have much experience at cornerback.
Both are expected to have immediate impacts for the Tigers this fall, along with sophomores Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green.
Defensive back is another group that is a mystery. It’s hard to separate the top players from the question marks because no one player stands out.
Alexander and Tankersley have a lot of potential, but they don’t have much experience at this point. Kearse played well at the end of last season but is still just a sophomore.
The defensive back group, like the running backs, could be a boom-or-bust unit, depending on how well the younger guys play. The Tigers have a bright future with Alexander, Green, Tankersley, Baker and Kearse, but Dabo Swinney will need them to play beyond their experience in 2014.