Breaking Down: Defensive Backs

Looking at the Red Wolves by position. Today a look at the defensive backs.

The Breakdown:
Position Starter Backup
FREE SAFETY Sterling Young – 6'2 185 RJr Raziel Valgis – 5'11 200 RSo -OR-
Jeremy Fulcher – 6'1 175 Fr
ROVER Chris Humes – 5'11 190 So Money Hunter – 6'1 185 Fr
CORNERBACK Artez Brown – 6'1 170 RSo Jamaris Hart – 5'9 170 Fr
CORNERBACK Rocky Hayes – 5'11 180 So Andrew Tryon – 5'10 185 RJr

The Numbers:
Sterling Young has started 20 games and is just now a Jr. Young finished 2012 with 71 tackles and has 122 career stops. He also has 3 career interceptions. Humes played in all 13 games last season, starting 5. Humes finished the season with 21 tackles. Brown started 5 games last season as well after playing as a backup in 2011. Brown has 27 career tackles and 3 pass break ups and 1 sack. Tryon had 8 starts in 2012 and has a total of 53 tackles throughout his career. Hayes spent his 2012 season on offensive rushing for 538 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Analysis:
Young is a lot like Q. Lee, he has been around forever and is just a junior. His ability to lead this defensive backfield will help the youthful but talented group in 2013.

Young finished 5th on the team in tackles last season and had a big moment play with his pick vs FIU. He and Humes are both from Hoover, Alabama and though from different high schools the two should provide the A-State safety positions with speed and athleticism. Humes was a highly recruited athlete and began to show that skill late in the season. Humes has speed and a physical style of play and will continue to improve on his pass coverage in his second season in Thompson's defense.

The battle for playing time as backups for the safeties looks to come from some true freshmen. Both Bryan Harsin and Thompson have praised the play of Money Hunter.

Expectations are that Hunter will see time early and could push Humes for the starting role as the season moves forward. Valgis will compete with Fulcher for the backup role behind Young. At cornerback, ASU rotated just three players in 2012.

With Chaz Scales gone, the Red Wolves moved Hayes back to the defense adding him to Brown and Tryon at cornerback. Hayes was listed by Lindy's as the best athlete in conference and his speed will help him compete quickly. Brown and Tryon both have multiple starts and provide Ark St with a solid trio of corners.

Freshman Hart and redshirt sophomore TeDarius Turner (5'8 175) will provide depth. The athleticism in A-State's defensive backfield is very good.

It is a solid mix of experience and youth. There are zero seniors on the entire roster in the back four as well. The future here is very bright and that includes the not too distant future.