May 7, 2009

Judie heads to A&M with high accolades

Fort Scott (KS) Community College cornerback Coryell Judie was a virtual unknown when he left Marlin (TX) High School two years ago. At that time, Judie weighed all of 165 pounds and was better known as a wide receiver than he was as a defensive back.

After his arrival at Fort Scott, Judie was tried at cornerback and took to the position like a duck takes to water. He led the Jayhawk Conference with six interceptions and added seven pass breakups and 44 tackles as a freshman in earning All-Conference honors.

"He attacks the football," said Fort Scott head coach Jeff Sims in a May 2008 interview. "He doesn't wait for it to come to him. He really gets after it. He's also a tremendous competitor. He led the league in interceptions, he's got a 40-inch vertical and he's not satisfied with being good. He wants to be a great one. I think he's got a chance to be one of the best in the nation in 2008."

Judie lived up to expectations last season despite the fact that he intercepted just one pass as teams avoided him by throwing to the opposite side of the field. He still managed to earn All-Conference and All-American honors and was runner up in voting for JUCO Defensive Player of the Year. He also managed 26.8 yards per kickoff return and 15.1 yards per punt return on special teams. He helped Fort Scott to a 9-2 season and a win in the Heart of Texas Bowl in December despite playing with an injured leg.

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