We started with number 10, and that was freshman wide receiver James Washington, who has come in this summer and impressed the strength staff and his teammates with his work ethic and athleticism.
Number nine in this series is redshirt freshman cornerback Darius Curry. Curry did a good job on the scout team last season, but in preparation for the bowl game showed the defensive staff that he might have what it takes to contribute at corner as a redshirt freshman and that continued in the spring as Curry was able to cover receivers and was making plays.
He is 6-1 tall which gives him an advantage as Cowboys cornerbacks mentor Van Malone loves the extra size which enables him to improve match-ups with some of the bigger receivers in the Big 12. He is 190 pounds and he seems to want to stay at that weight to stay quicker.
His older brother C.J. is a wide receiver who also made major strides toward more playing time late last season and into the spring. It can be kind of fun to watch the two brothers go toe-to-toe, which apparently they did a lot of in the backyard growing up.
C.J. is 6-2, 205 pounds, so Darius has had a lot of practice covering a bigger receiver. His father, Felix, who is a high school defensive coordinator, was a defensive back in college, so he has had round the clock coaching growing up.
He has that physical build that allows him to jam a receiver and in the first five yards take a receiver off timing and off his route. That same size comes into play as well with hand-to-hand combat when the ball is delivered and the receiver and Curry are looking to occupy the same space. His weakness was recovery when a receiver is able to get away from his physical attack. He has improved a lot in that area.
At this stage Curry is not a threat to start with Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin the best overall corners in the program, but Curry gives you solid depth and a little bit of a specialist with his size and ability to handle a big receiver on the offensive side. He is also a strong possibility to contribute on special teams.