For the past few years, both teams’ biggest weakness has been at the defensive back position. The Cowboys did a complete rebuild this past off-season in their secondary and the Aggies have tried desperately to recruit lockdown pass defenders. While it may have taken both teams three or four years, there is a chance that they’re both only going up from here.
It wasn’t until the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, but the Aggies seem to have found their first truly elite DB in ages.
Leon O’neal the highly recruited safety from Cypress, Texas came onto the scene against the North Carolina State Wolfpack with a bang. Due to a Donovan Wilson injury that kept him out of the game, the true freshman’s number was called. Leon did not let us down.
Racking up half a dozen tackles very impressive tackles was great, but the interception was the cherry on top and signified he is the future for Texas A&M. DBs Ronnie Elum and DeShawn Capers-Smith came on late in the season as well, both having almost ten tackles in the bowl game.
For the Cowboys, their future lies within 25-year-old Anthony Brown. Brown had a solid first two seasons, but this year he didn’t mess around. His coverage was so tight that hardly anyone threw to his side, which explains why he only has the one interception all year. The Boys haven’t had this dominant of a defensive back since Roy Williams. But with Brown as well as second year player Chidobe Awuzie, the Dallas secondary is looking scary good with no sign of stopping.