Secondary issues have been well noted in Texas A&M’s past as one of the main reasons for a lack of sustainable success.
Dustin Harris has been around for some of those awful days, but he is now a confident cornerback who has seen it all.
He has been the guy left out on an island in situations when the Aggies had to focus on the run against tough matchups like LSU, and has produced a team-high nine pass breakups.
Due to certain matchups, the coaching staff has moved a core of six or seven guys all around to fit the needs of that week.
The Aggies lost senior Steven Campbell earlier in the year to concussions, which has concluded his playing career as a safety precaution.
Newcomers De’Vante Harris and Tremaine Jacobs have had to step up right away and contribute.
Deshazor Everett and Howard Matthews have had to play various roles for the secondary, and have improved with the season.
No one has seen his role increase more than junior Toney Hurd, Jr. He has started just five games but has made 44 tackles, which is tied for third on the team.
The only player to start every game for the Aggies in the defensive backfield has been Steven Terrell. The senior has contributed 34 tackles and has a team-leading two interceptions.
There is no doubt that the defensive backs for the No. 16 Aggies will be crucial in the last month of the season, and will ultimately decide the fate of Texas A&M’s inaugural season in the SEC.