Starting CBs Not Warming Up for Texas A&M Football
Ahead of the showdown between Texas A&M football and Ole Miss this Saturday, it’s beginning to seem like the Aggies may be without two important contributors on their defense. The Ags started the year with the duo of Tyreek Chappell and Josh DeBerry as their corners before moving DeBerry to nickel during the Tennessee game due to an injury to Bryce Anderson. DeBerry excelled there, and Deuce Harmon took over his spot, acquitting himself well at the corner position.
Late in last week’s game, though, we saw a much higher dose of Sam McCall (FSU transfer) and freshman Jayvon Thomas covering the wideouts. I thought at the time this might have just been a depth move, but as things stand, it could be seen in retrospect as a move of necessity. Carter Karels of 247Sports is reporting that neither Harmon nor Chappell are warming up at the moment for the Aggies.
This could potentially be a huge blow for the Aggie secondary, if for no other reason than depth. The Ags have been thin at the corner position, so losing the two starters could spell trouble if more injuries come along. True freshmen Bravion Rogers and Dalton Brooks could potentially step in (though Brooks is more of a safety), and some other DBs could step into the role if pressed into duty.
As far as skill, I’m not too worried when it comes to Thomas—though he had a bit of baptism by fire against Miami, he has the tools to be a shutdown corner and has played well in games since then. McCall is a bit of an unknown at this time, but he’s certainly athletically gifted. Here’s hoping these two step up to the moment.