"I ain't a receiver," Baxter said. "I like to be aggressive and hit people and get in the receiver's face."
The cornerback position is deep, with Roberts (nine starts in 2011; 14 in career) and junior Monterius Lovett (seven starts last season; 17 in career) back.
Redshirt freshman Corie Wilson is another cornerback with high expectations, but he was arrested Sunday morning and charged with obstructing an officer and fleeing on foot, both misdemeanors.
This summer, another highly touted cornerback, A.J. Leggett, is expected to arrive.
He was a 4-star prospect out of South Miami High School and took official visits to Florida State, Nebraska and Marshall before settling on the Herd.
Baxter acknowledged he has thought about starting opposite his childhood friend.
"I plan on being a starter for the season opener," Baxter said. "Maybe me and Leggett, we'll see. I think we'll do big things.
"We grew up in the same neighborhood and we played in the same Pop Warner leagues, so there's a connection.
"I just have to keep growing and making strides. I'm not a freshman anymore, so I have to step my game up."
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THE ANNUAL Big Green Banquet is scheduled for Friday at Marshall's on-campus Student Recreation Center.
National Football League players Ahmad Bradshaw, Daniel Baldridge, Chris Crocker, Byron Leftwich, Doug Legursky and Chris Massey are scheduled to attend the event.
Chad Pennington will host the 34th annual Big Green Banquet, touted as "An Evening with the Pros."
Tickets are $80 and can be purchased through the Big Green office by calling 304-696-4661. The banquet starts at 7 p.m.
The event is the night before Marshall's Green-White spring football game, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Contact sportswriter Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.