Editor’s note: It’s a make-or-break year for Kevin Sumlin in his fifth season as coach of Texas A&M. His staff is loaded with experience and the roster is arguably the most talented it has been since his arrival in 2012.
During the next few weeks, SEC Country takes a look at the 25 most important Aggies who will determine whether Texas A&M is destined for success or doomed for failure in 2016.
No. 20: Nick Harvey, CB
Both starting corners departed from the team after 2015, leaving voids at the top of the depth chart. Nick Harvey, a junior from Lancaster, Texas, appears to have one of the starting spots locked down as we head into summer.
Harvey saw action in every game for the Aggies last season, compiling 29 tackles and four pass breakups. He recorded a stop in every game last season with the exception of Western Carolina.
A former 4-star prospect, Harvey is the favorite to start at corner while DeShawn Capers-Smith and Priest Willis battle for the remaining spot. Harvey’s strong spring catapulted him to the top of the depth chart thanks to his sneaky defense. He won’t blanket a receiver at the line, but has great agility to close gaps and defend passes at the last possible second.
Standing at 5-foot-10, Harvey is an outlier in a defensive unit that continues to land players at more than 6-foot tall. What he lacks in height he makes up for in field awareness, rarely finding himself out of position to make a play.
Harvey likely will draw the assignment of defending opponents’ best receivers during 2016, giving him plenty of opportunity to continue his growth and development as a player.
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