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Kelly building depth at corner, other positions

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With so many returning starters on both sides of the ball, most of the competition during training camp is between second-and-third stringers.

Building depth for this season and the future is a priority for coach Brian Kelly.

"We all know who those front-line guys are," Kelly said. "It's all about building that next unit. Who's going to step in? I've got an example. We're better when when we can count on Bennett Jackson and Lo Wood. We don't want to get to a point where we put those guys in and there is a big dropoff. We're giving a lot of reps to the second-and-third units."

Backup cornerbacks Jackson and Wood aren't likely to see time at nickelback. Senior Jamoris Slaughter is expected to fill that roll. But the two emerging sophomores are competing for playing time in a backup role.

"Lo has been more consistent than Bennett," Kelly said. "Bennett has flashes of greatness but they are unfortunately at the wrong position to have flashes. You can't have a good series and then a bad series. Lo has been very, very consistent for us. As a staff we're feeling really, really good at developing that depth at the cornerback position." 

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