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Roster countdown #15: Douglas Coleman

Our staff selected its top-15 players on the roster and for each one of them there will be a profile with basic information, videos and expectations.

This series of articles will break down the Red Raiders roster approaching the 2017 season. Staff members selected their top-15 players currently on the roster and for each one of them there will be a profile with basic information, videos and expectations.

Before starting, it’s worth noting the players who received votes but didn’t break into the top-15.

20thDesmond Nisby, Running Back, junior

19thMychealon Thomas, Defensive Lineman, senior

18thVaughnte Dorsey, Defensive Back, junior

17thDe’Quan Bowman, Wide Receiver, junior

16thTravis Bruffy, Offensive Lineman, sophomore

15th place

Douglas Coleman

Position: Defensive Back

Class: Sophomore

Height: 6’1

Weight: 192 pounds

Hometown: Zachary, Louisiana

Stats

The first player to be placed on our list is a young surprise, who had a good season despite a lot of problems. Douglas Coleman saw a lot of action as a cornerback in his freshman season, starting three games, but in high school he was mainly a wide receiver, so he really had little experience at the position.

Coleman was an outstanding recruit in high school, who obtained Class 5A first team All-State and was selected in the Louisiana Sportswriters All-State team, amassing enormous numbers as a receiver. He selected Texas Tech over, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, Southern Miss, and Tulane.

However, the Red Raiders did not see Coleman as a wide receiver, but as a cornerback, a position that he did not play very much in high school. Consequently, defensive back coach Karl Scott had a lot of work to do on his project and maybe expected to redshirt him. Contrarily, team necessities forced Coleman on the field as a true freshman, and quickly became a starter and a valid contributor.

Without a doubt, his season highlight surely is the 100-yards fumble return against Texas (as seen here above), but we should not forget all the improvements that Coleman made during the season and that led him to gain All-Big 12 Freshmen second team honors: his six pass break-ups were the second highest on the team and he was one of five players to have a sack.

If we consider that he had an entire offseason to better understand his position and that he bulked up (he was listed at 185 pounds in 2016), we can imagine that Coleman will have increased duties and, at the same time, bigger production. The secondary is a unit that in past years had many problems, but in 2017 seems to be improving, both with the maturation of returning players and the addition of a couple of JuCo transfers who can lift the defense immediately.