Texas Tech football all decade team: The secondary

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Douglas Coleman #25 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders  (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
Douglas Coleman #25 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders  (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images) /

Corner: Douglas Coleman

Another player that switched from corner to safety during his career was Douglas Coleman.  And though his best season was without question his 2019 campaign at safety, he fits on this team as the second all-decade corner.

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For his career, the Louisana native came up with 137 tackles, 11 interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and two touchdowns.  Most of those numbers came this fall when he had 8 picks and 63 tackles at safety, which he played for the first time in his career.

But big numbers aside, he wasn’t a better safety than either Davis or Johnson yet he is deserving of one of the spots on this all-decade team.  And whether it was at corner or safety, he proved to have a knack for taking the ball away.

His most famous play came in his freshman year when he stripped UT running back D’Onta Foreman at the goal line and returned the ball 99 yards for one of the most unforgettable plays in the history of Jones Stadium.  That play also personified what Coleman was all about as he stuck his nose into a pile and somehow managed to come out with the football after wrestling it away from a player 50 pounds larger than he was.

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Starting 25 games in his career, he became one of the leaders of the program upon the arrival of Matt Wells and Co. as his new head coach praised his senior for his willingness to buy into the new system right away.  That type of leadership and his bulldog mentality made him a player that set an example for his teammates and helped lay a foundation for what we hope will be a better decade to come under Wells.