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December 13, 1985 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
The Chargers exchanged bravado for humility when rookie John Hendy replaced Wayne Davis as the starting left cornerback. Davis' brashness was replaced by Hendy's modesty. "I'm not an outward type of person," Hendy said, "but I have confidence. I know what I can do and can't do. On the field, I play with a little cockiness, but I don't talk to opposing players. I think I'm a smart player and try to use that to my advantage."
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April 10, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Kevon Seymour finished the 2013 season in style. The USC cornerback was selected defensive player of the game in the Las Vegas Bowl after deflecting a pass and making seven tackles in the Trojans' rout of Fresno State. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior from Pasadena built on the performance during the off-season and has been playing with a veteran confidence throughout spring practice. Seymour started on the left side last season, but with senior Josh Shaw sidelined while recovering from a stress fracture he also has played on the right.
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August 23, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Former USC cornerback Terrell Thomas, who has undergone major knee surgery three times, continues his comeback with the NFL's New York Giants. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News wrote about Thomas as he prepares to play in Saturday's exhibition game against the New York Jets. "Even one play would be a remarkable achievement for the 28-year-old cornerback, who not long ago seemed to be on the verge of a Pro Bowl and a lucrative, long-term contract," Vacchiano wrote . "But then came the Giants' preseason game on Aug. 22, 2011, and a blitz with 22 seconds left in the first half.
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April 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The entire starting secondary returns for UCLA. And none of those guys should get comfortable. If there is one area where the Bruins have an overabundance of talent, it's at defensive back. By fall, they will have 14 scholarship players in the secondary. "That's always good," said safety Randall Goforth . "We were limited in numbers last season. It was pretty tough. Now we got more people here and more experience. It's less teaching and more evolving. I like it. " But that comes with a warning, and Goforth knows it. "You better compete for your job every day," he said.
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November 24, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, a former star at Oregon and West Covina High, will reportedly drop his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. As first reported by NFL.com , the fourth-year pro will accept the penalty for reportedly violating the league's non-performance-enhancing drug policy. Thurmond was a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 by Seattle. He's battled injury problems during his career, although he stepped into a starting role in 2011 before a season-ending injury and again this season with the loss of Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner to a groin injury.
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October 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 When Servite was losing to Mater Dei last week in a Trinity League opener, cornerback Maurice Davison couldn't contribute because he was sidelined with an injury. He returned on Friday night to make two interceptions and help the Friars knock off Santa Margarita, 30-14, in an important Trinity League game. Davison continues to let everyone know he's one of the best at covering receivers.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 5, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner will begin serving his four-game suspension immediately and will sit out the remainder of the regular season without pay, the NFL announced Wednesday. Browner will be eligible to return for the playoffs if the Seahawks make it that far. Browner and fellow Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman were penalized for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Sherman is appealing his four-game suspension and will have his case heard next week, meaning he can play in Sunday's game against Arizona.
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September 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Add the name Maurice Davison of Anaheim Servite as a defensive back to watch. The junior has been taking on and more than holding his own against some very good receivers during the nonleague season, such as John "JuJu" Smith of Long Beach Poly and Dallis Todd of La Mirada. He's not only staying with the receivers but he's making tackles, showing good speed and toughness. He gets this week off, but then next week, he faces Concord De La Salle in a game on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Santa Ana Stadium.
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October 24, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Josh Shaw is on the move again. The junior is on track to start at cornerback for USC in Saturday's Pac-12 Conference game against Utah at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Shaw started the opener against Hawaii at safety, the next four games at cornerback and the last two at safety. "We've really struggled at the cornerback position," USC interim Coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday. "When he was there, we weren't struggling, so we feel with some offenses he may have to play cornerback, some he may have to play safety.
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May 30, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
A day after signing with Denver, cornerback Quentin Jammer was on the practice field Thursday for the Broncos, getting used to playing for a team that was a division rival for so long. “You look at this team and what they did last year and what [quarterback] Peyton Manning brings to this football team,” said Jammer, who spent his first 11 seasons in San Diego. “I get to play with a guy like [cornerback] Champ Bailey. Hands down, if you look across the league, what better place to go than Denver to have a chance to play for a championship?
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March 28, 2014 | From a Times Staff Writer
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested Friday after he allegedly struck a bicyclist, attempted to flee the scene and then threatened a witness with brass knuckles after he was cornered, police told a Bay Area television station. Culliver was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, reckless driving with injury and weapons possession, San Jose police said. Culliver, 25, was driving a white Ford Mustang when police said he struck a bicyclist and attempted to flee the scene, NBC Bay Area reported.
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January 27, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- There's a theory that the farther an offensive player is from the football at the line of scrimmage, the more demonstrative and flamboyant he tends to be. By that thinking, wide receivers tend to be more talkative than tight ends. Tight ends talk more trash than tackles, and so on. So it's not shocking that Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman began his career at Stanford as a receiver. He was a freshman All-American, in fact, and might have continued his career on that side of the ball but for a knee injury.
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January 26, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Sam Farmer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks arrived Sunday night for a week of Super Bowl preparations, and the third-year cornerback was greeted by a six-deep crowd of dozens of reporters during a news conference at the team hotel. "I'm a little surprised by it," Sherman said of the massive reception. "But they told me to expect a little bit after last week. " Sherman, who played at Compton Dominguez High and Stanford, then laughed heartily. Sherman, of course, became one of the Super Bowl's main story lines after tipping away a potential game-winning pass against the San Francisco 49ers and then punctuating the play with his postgame comments about 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree . Sherman's comments and the emotional way he delivered them sparked an intense weeklong debate across all media platforms.
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January 20, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For more than three hours Sunday, millions of Americans joyfully cheered a football game whose players are paid to be angry and callous. But then, moments afterward, America was offended when one of those players spewed anger and callousness? The national vilifying of the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman for his taunting televised postgame remarks Sunday after the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game cuts to the heart of sports hypocrisy.
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January 13, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
DENVER--Denver's 24-17 divisional playoff victory over San Diego came with a hefty price. The Broncos lost starting left cornerback Chris Harris to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, according to multiple reports. Harris underwent an MRI on Monday and will not play Sunday in the AFC championship against New England, or in the Super Bowl, if the Broncos get that far. On Monday morning, Harris tweeted: "Thanks for the prayers , Gonna work extremely hard and come back a Monster next year . God is on my side.
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January 10, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
Two NFL players violated league protocol on dealing with concussions in last weekend's wild-card playoff games, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The document was a letter sent by the chairmen of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee to all team doctors and trainers. In the letter, Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen say one player re-entered a game after suffering a possible concussion and another refused to leave the sideline. Although the letter doesn't identify the players, the AP said they were Green Bay tackle David Bakhtiari and New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis.
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September 22, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
William Buchanon moved from receiver to cornerback this week in case USC's depleted secondary took another hit because of injury or other circumstances. Buchanon's role became prominent Wednesday when freshman Kevin Thomas learned he had mononucleosis. Seniors Justin Wyatt and John Walker and freshman Cary Harris are the only healthy scholarship cornerbacks. Coach Pete Carroll said Thomas had not been feeling well for about a week.
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April 17, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA redshirt sophomore cornerback Anthony Jefferson has gone nearly two years without playing in a game. He played three games as a freshman in 2010 before breaking a foot and sat out in 2011 after back surgery. Jefferson's return this spring comes at a time when the Bruins are struggling to stay healthy in the secondary. "He has length, size and speed, all the traits you want to see in a cornerback," defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin said. Jefferson had those gifts at Los Angeles Cathedral High.
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January 6, 2014 | By Gary Klein
In a season that featured several miraculous finishes, no Auburn player played a bigger role than Chris Davis. On Nov. 30, the senior cornerback kept a dream season alive by returning an Alabama field-goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown, a play that will go down as one of the greatest in college football history. Davis was prominent again Monday night in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl, but there were no miracle finishes for the Tigers. Florida State defeated Auburn, 34-31, the Seminoles taking advantage of a pass interference call against Davis before receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught a game-winning touchdown with Davis draped on him in coverage.
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December 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
You won't find senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard's greatness in any analytic study of NCAA statistics. Thirty players have more interceptions than Dennard's four, and he's not listed among the leaders in pass breakups. Three of his Michigan State teammates have more tackles. Yet, Dennard could be the most valuable player of Wednesday's Rose Bowl game against Stanford without having his name called by the public-address announcer. You often measure a cornerback's greatness by the number of cricket chirps you hear on his side of the field.
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