The departure of two starting defensive backs from the Arizona State secondary - juniors Armand Perry and Kareem Orr - has left an already struggling secondary with even more questions to answer heading into the 2017 season.
Although it’s unclear who will lead the Sun Devil Secondary in this years’ campaign, let’s take a look at a player from the past who emerged on the scene in 2013 and continues to make an impact on the biggest stage today.
Green Bay defensive back Damarious Randall was only a three-star junior college recruit before joining ASU, but in the Maroon and Gold the Pensacola, Florida native tallied an impressive 135 tackles, six interceptions and two touchdowns over two seasons.
Time at ASU
2013: 11 games played, 48 solo tackles, 23 assisted, 71 total, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, one touchdown
2014: 13 games played, 87 solo tackles, 19 assisted, 106 total. 9.5 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, one touchdown
Following both of these impressive campaigns, Randall was rated by NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock as the top safety in his draft class and selected 30th overall by the Green Bay Packers.
Randall had a productive rookie season that allowed him to earn a starting role in the Packers secondary, but was derailed by injuries and variable performances in his second year.
Time in the NFL
2015 (Regular Season): 15 games played, 53 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, 58 total, three interceptions and 14 passes defended
2016 (Regular Season): 10 games played, 35 tackles, four assisted tackles, 39 total, three interceptions and nine passes defended
The Packers had a chance to be a very good team last season, but were often derailed by a severely-injured secondary. Pairing Randall with Washington prospect Kevin King and having both safeties in Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stay healthy should go a long way to alleviate the pressure off of the former Sun Devil to do everything for his secondary.