Kenny Buyers - cornerback North Texas

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  1. Jimmy Chitwood

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    consider him the rarest of the rare. if he were an animal, he'd definitely be an endangered species. North Texas sophomore Kenny Buyers is a White cornerback.

    and get this. he is now the starter for the Mean Green at field corner (the position always covers the wide side of the field as the coaching staff feels this player is their best coverage db by a significant margin) and covers the slot in man-to-man when they go nickel.

    Buyers was given the starting nod this week against Ball State after making several big plays in their first two games of the season, especially a huge interception against Ohio last week. here's a brief recap of the coaching staff's reasoning:

    (JC's note: the receiver that repeatedly burned Whitfield was the White Ohio speedster Chase Cochran.)

    Buyers followed up the starting nod by playing an outstanding game against Ball State. he was all over the field, in coverage, run support, and helping cover up for his teammates, finishing the contest with a career-high 9 tackles (7 solo), a fumble recovery, and several teeth-rattling hits.

    it should perhaps go without saying that Buyers (5-11, 177-pounds, 4.4 speed) is a former walk-on.

    he will get a big test this Saturday when UNT heads down to Georgia. best of luck to one of the VERY few White corners in the Bowl Subdivision.
     
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    Thanks Jimmy C for the head's up...will keep my eye on him this Saturday vs Georgia....maybe he will line up against Michael Bennet a few times!
     
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    North Texas alumni checking in here ... and having just returned from watching North Texas vs Georgia between the hedges. Jimmy -- great job putting everyone on notice of Kenny Buyers! This kid is the real deal. I don't recall him leaving the field against Georgia & he was all over the place. Georgia tested him but he didn't get burned once. EX: It was our other CB who got toasted on that 98 yard pass play in the 2nd quarter. Buyers is our 5th leading tackler on the team, picked off a pass & has had 2 fumble recoveries. Hey, I'll take it! :)
     
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    i watched the game against UGA, and i thought Buyers did a really good job. he looked nervous early, to me, and gave up too much cushion during the early portion of the game. fortunately for him, the "real" affletes in Georgia's receiving corps weren't able to take advantage as they had trouble connecting with their outstanding qb, Murray.

    as the game settled in, i felt that Buyers did, as well. he looked comfortable and looked as if he quit giving so much respect to the SEC kids. i only saw his assignment catch 2 balls on the day (for 16 yards). meanwhile, as texasheat noted he was all over the field. he once again notched a career-high in tackles (10 total, 7 solo) as he covered a lot of ground in run support and in helping out his mates. additionally, for the third consecutive game he came up with a turnover, this time recovering a fumble. finally, he had 2 pass break-ups including a spectacular one in the endzone against the tall, very athletic UGA wideout, Michael Bennett.

    finally, i kept hearing the announcers reference that he was being picked on by Murray. however, i just didn't see it. on one occasion there was a deep ball that he looked to be beaten on, but the receiver was also badly overthrown. other than that, though, i didn't see the Bulldogs test him downfield at all. "weird," that the announcers would claim that the one White cat in the secondary was struggling (even if he wasn't), huh?

    North Texas faces off with Tulane this Saturday at 2:30 central time.
     
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    despite the media commentary to the contrary, it looks as if the North Texas coach sees things as i saw them with regards to Buyers' play:

     
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    a quick update on Buyers after his two most recent outings ...

    in a narrow loss to Tulane, Buyers was terrific. he was all over the field, and it showed on the state sheet as he finished with a team-leading 9 total tackles (8 solo), 1 pass break-up, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 sack. he is becoming a game changer on the perimeter.

    against Middle Tennessee State, the whole "no man is an island" thing proved to not be entirely true. the Blue Raiders avoided Buyers, and he took away his side of the field in a dominating, but statistically-quiet (3 solo tackles), performance in a dominating North Texas win. it was the first time since Buyers was inserted into the starting lineup that he hadn't finished with at least 9 total tackles in the game.

    despite starting just 4 games so far this season, Buyers is second on the team with 26 solo tackles (33 total) and leads the team with 3 pass break-ups. additionally, he has 4 passes defensed, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 interception, and 2 fumble recoveries.

    Buyers and his North Texas teammates head to LA Tech today to face off with the Bulldogs.
     
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    Buyers had another strong outing in yesterday's UNT win: 9 total tackles (4 solo) and 1 tackle for loss.

    it's very rare that you find a cornerback who is this strong in run support.
     
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    THats a true statement. Ive noticed that every time a white guy somehow ends up on the field as cornerback they are always good in run support.
     
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    Probably the reason they are always moved to Safety!
     
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    Buyers continues to be the difference for the Mean Green defense. since his insertion into the starting lineup, North Texas has seen HUGE improvement on the defensive side of the ball.

    Buyers was his typical self in UNT's most recent game, against Rice. he once again finished with a game-high 10 total tackles (and a game-high 8), including several impressive open field tackles in run support. in the portion of the game that i watched, including the majority of the second half, Buyers wasn't even targeted in the passing game.

    if he continues to play at this level (and improve as he most assuredly will), he is a candidate for some post-season accolades. and remember, he's just a sophomore.

    as an aside, i've seen written online that he is the Mean Green's fastest player.
     
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    I'll have to watch one of the "Mean Blacks" games sometime so I can see this forbidden player for myself. Of course, he's not nearly the "athlete" as your favorite former Razorback that I've temporarily adopted as my avatar.........:wink:
     
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    This point might be a little late but due to injuries true freshman corner back , Anthony Cioffi , for Rutgers got to start the last 2 games of the year including the bowl game against Notre Dame. He did break up 3 passes against Central Florida in his first career start.
    I beleive Gavin McCarthy from Air Force started all year as well and also Dallin Leavitt from BYU should get the starting nod this year. Its to bad Sean Sylvia got moved back to safety for Boston College and Rocco Scarfone should get some good action for East Carolina this year as well.
     
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    Not sure how many games he started? But junior Austin McDaniel (Tulsa) played some Corner Back this year...he wears #37 just like Buyers.

    Hope Kenny Buyers will get a chance at CB in the NFL!
     

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