The reluctant corner

Star FSU CB Xavier Rhodes was slow at first to embrace his lockdown role

Updated: October 17, 2012, 10:32 AM ET
By David M. Hale | NoleNation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In high school, Xavier Rhodes played just one game at cornerback, and he hated every second of it.

His Norland (Fla.) High team was playing North Miami Beach, and the matchup was a problem. North Miami Beach had a star receiver, and Norland's top corner was out with an injury. The job fell to Rhodes.

The first play of the game was directed at Rhodes. It was a fade pattern, and Rhodes was burned badly. The next day, a photo of Rhodes' blown coverage was plastered ...

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