The cornerback position had a battle all off-season long, with Tyreek Chappell being the only one with extensive SEC experience. After losing Denver Harris and Smoke Bouie to the transfer portal, Jimbo hopped in the portal and brought in multiple defensive backs to add depth.
DeBerry, a former three-time All-ACC defensive back, was competing to play opposite Chappel against front-runner Tony Grimes and freshman Jayvon Thomas in preparation for the season opener at Kyle Field. While the Aggies did use multiple CBs throughout the game, DeBerry not only started, he had one of the better games on the defensive side of the ball.
— Joshua DeBerry (@j_deberry21) September 3, 2023
He awarded the defensive staff’s decision to start him with a back-breaking interception with under three minutes in the second quarter and a big sack later in the game. His presence was felt all game long and noted in our Five takeaways from the game.
Josh DeBerry was brought in via the transfer portal to help shore up the losses in the secondary, and his addition is already reaping benefits. He led the Aggies with ten tackles while playing physical versus the run and the pass and was sticky in coverage. He also had 1.5 tackles for loss as well as a sack after a well-timed blitz around the corner.
Seeing someone take control of that open position early allows for some stability in the secondary before the lead into league play. DeBerry’s initial work sample for the Maroon & White is encouraging moving forward.