Position groups with high ceilings

Updated: July 5, 2012, 1:07 PM ET
By Travis Haney

AUSTIN, Texas -- Outside of a Texas Longhorns message board, who honestly had heard of Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs a year ago? What was out there, if anything, likely wasn't all that positive.

They were Texas' young, unproven cornerbacks, and not much was expected of them. Byndom had played in a handful of games as a freshman. Diggs was a freshman.

"Nobody thought we'd be any good," said secondary coach Duane Akina, who is in his second stint at the school known to some as "DB U." "People thought we'd be down there (ranked) in the 100s. We were too young, too short, too this ..."

Now, though? They are considered one of the top 1-2 corner combos in the country. That thought made Byndom laugh, given where they were last July.

"That's kind of how it is," he said, shaking his head. "You're no one, you're someone. It's all the same to us."

Texas' cornerbacks are just one position group around the country that has a high ceiling, a great potential for growth and improvement this fall based on youth and the ability of those returning. Others in the five major conferences are in similar spots.