By Chelsa Messinger
Cornerbacks and confidence.
You can't seem to have one, without the other. Whether it's Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman proclaiming, he's "the best corner in the league". Or Fort Myers own Deion Sanders, when he created "Primetime".
NFL Cornerbacks have been some of the most vocal players in the league.
Current North Carolina Cornerback Malik Simmons, a Lehigh Alum, says confidence is crucial for the cornerback position in particular.
"It's usually a lot of one-on-one," said Simmons. "So if you feel like the man in front of you is better than you, then usually he will be, and he'll beat you."
Simmons had 47 tackles in 13 games at UNC last season. He says he models his game, and his swagger after North Fort Myers Alum Deion Sanders.
"Of course, I always look at Deion Sanders and how he covers," said Simmons. "The way I try to cover is like how he covers."
And about the pageantry?
"It's not cocky," said Simmons. "It's not arrogant. It's believing in yourself."
This season, UNC is projected to finish second in the ACC Coastal Division and Simmons is expected to have a larger role for the North Carolina secondary.