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Blog: OSU cornerback trio starts off strong

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The cornerback trio of Rodarius Williams, Jarrick Bernard-Converse and Christian Holmes is clamping down opposing wide receivers to start the 2020 season.

The Cowboys initially anticipated growing pains in the secondary after losing veteran starter A.J. Green, who signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent following his senior campaign in 2019.

This seasoned defensive trio has proved those initial concerns to be null and void.

They have a combined 15 tackles and six pass deflections, which sure doesn't look like much. Still, when you factor in that the secondary is only allowing 6.09 yards per pass completion in the Big 12, where the defense is an afterthought and the Air Raid offense reigns supreme, it makes that stat that much more impressive.

Williams specifically, has been the unquestioned leader of the secondary and a critical piece for the back end of the Pokes’ stingy defense.

The rare fourth-year starter has shown he is no slouch as defensive coordinator Jim Knowles has assigned more press coverage responsibilities to Williams. Through the first three weeks, he has only allowed one completion when a receiver has been targeted on his side of the field, and he also has five pass deflections.

As a collective, the trio looks to keep the momentum going with the likes of Oklahoma and Texas looming, the cornerback's experience is vital to the Cowboys' continued success in 2020. We will see if they can keep up this production level and if indeed they do, a trip to the Big 12 itle game is likely in order.