Josh DeBerry cemented himself as a starter for Texas A&M football
DeBerry was one of the additions this offseason that flew a little under the radar when he definitely should not have. He was an all-ACC performer at Boston College, therefore bringing bona fides to this Texas A&M football program that no other transfer was. Still, though, most had all but penciled in someone like Tony Grimes, perhaps due to his former 5-star status.
DeBerry showed tonight why he was chosen to start opposite Tyreek Chappell. He was practically everywhere against New Mexico, breaking up passes, showing up in run support, and even grabbing an INT along the way. He showcased his skill and versatility almost every single play, it seemed like.
This was not one of those performances where you can see the impact a player is making but he doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, however. DeBerry led the team in tackles with ten total, seven solo. He had a sack as well, en route to 1.5 TFLs overall. That’s quite the first outing for the BC transfer.
What I liked most about DeBerry’s performance, though was his sure tackling. This was a skill that completely evaded the Aggie defense in 2022 (the Ole Miss game still gives me nightmares in that respect). DeBerry was a breath of fresh air in that respect—I don’t have a solid stat on this, but I don’t think he missed a single tackle he attempted last night. The whole defense played better in this respect, of course, but his prowess in this area in particular stood out to me. You love to have a DB who plays that hard, and it seems like the Aggies have two this year in Bryce Anderson and DeBerry.
If you’re a Texas A&M football fan, you have to feel a lot better about the corner spot after seeing DeBerry’s performance. Of course, he wasn’t quite tested to the degree that he might be against a team like Alabama, but he showed enough skills that Texas A&M football fans everywhere have got to feel better moving forward than they did coming into the night.