January 13, 2010

Offseason Outlook: Looking for depth at DB

Texas A&M entered the 2009 season inexperienced and thin in the secondary, and the importance of this offseason can't be understated in the development of the Aggie secondary especially after losing senior leader Jordan Pugh.

Safety Trent Hunter assumes the leadership role amongst this group while a group of sophomores will add depth, led by Steven Campbell who started for Pugh who missed a game due to injury. Colton Velancia also gained time and Steven Terrell, who played most of his minutes at cornerback will most likely be at safety next season.

At cornerback, the Aggies were extremely thin entering the season and had hoped that junior college transfer Coryell Judie would hit campus and be able to fill the spot opposite Terrence Frederick. That, however, didn't happen as Judie didn't get into school until two weeks had already passed in training camp and then had season-ending shoulder surgery after the first game of the season.

True freshman Dustin Harris stepped into the starting role, but after an injury late in the season was replaced by Justin McQueen who is now gone. Harris came back with a vengeance against Georgia, playing mostly man coverage against superstar receiver A.J. Green. Throughout the game Harris frustrated Green and even had an interception. The talent that Harris possess is obvious, but he wasn't immune to a number of freshmen mistakes throughout the season.

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