Houston is quickly becoming DBU. The Cougars lost both corners to the NFL, just a year after losing multiple secondary defenders to the league.
This group's strength is at safety where Garrett Davis, Khalil Williams, and Terell Williams all return. Add in Collin Wilder and the Coogs return one of the deepest safety units in the AAC. Davis and Khalil Williams are the keys here. Davis is a big, rangy player just tapping into his potential. He was good enough to garner second team All-AAC selection in 2016. Khalil Williams is a downhill, physical safety who finished third on the team in tackle last year.
At corner Jeremy Winchester bring the most experience. Javian Smith played big minutes as a true freshman, as did Ka'Darian Smith. The most intriguing prospect at corner might be converted receiver Isaiah Johnson who at 6-4 should translate his receiver skills into great ball skills on the defensive side.