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The cornerback was dismissed in 2019 for violation of team rules

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Daniel Isom, who started seven games in 2019 for the Cougars before being dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules will be returning this season. Theo Lawson of the Spokesman Review confirmed on Monday that Isom will be back on the team after a few months of speculation.

When Jalen Thompson was ruled ineligible for the 2019 season, Isom stepped in and started at safety for the first five games of the season before a few changes on the depth chart happened. Midway through last season, Mike Leach and company changed up the defensive depth chart following Tracy Claeys resignation. One of those changes came in the secondary when Isom was moved back to starting cornerback, his original position, for the next two games before being moved down the depth chart and eventually dismissed.

Through the first seven games of the season, he led the team in forced fumbles with two and was top-10 on the team with 30 tackles and one sack as well. Before joining the Cougars, he attended Northern Illinois for two years where he had 41 tackles and six pass breakups in 10 games as a freshman. He would take a redshirt year the following season and would then transfer to Iowa Western Community College where he left his one season there ranked as the #8 cornerback in the Junior College rankings by ESPN.

The Cougars will be looking to replace Marcus Strong, who started on the other side of Isom. George Hicks III and Derick Langford will be the only returning cornerbacks who will have a start under their belt for the Cougars. Newcomer Jaylen Watson will join Armauni Archie and Halid Djibril and will likely be competing with Isom for the starting cornerback spots in 2020.

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