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TCU’s Abe Camara has shined in the secondary

The former JUCO safety has been active for the Horned Frog defense to start the season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 01 Oklahoma at TCU Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

TCU safety Abe Camara had only two tackles during his sophomore season in 2021. The former JUCO transfer has made the most of his junior campaign, however, solidifying the starting free safety role after Bud Clark went down with an injury during fall camp. In five contests, Camara has totaled 21 tackles with four passes defensed, one forced fumble and one interception. Camara recorded a season-best eight total tackles against SMU.

Ranked as the No. 1 JUCO safety before arriving in Fort Worth, Camara has impressed with his playmaking ability in the TCU secondary. His forced fumble on Oklahoma receiver Marvin Mims helped set the tone for a dominant Horned Frog win against the Sooners, while his interception was a tide-turner when TCU took down the Mustangs in Dallas. Camara also made an important fourth-down stop against Kansas this past weekend.

Camara ranks fifth on the team in total tackles and he’s tied for second in passes defensed. His 18 unassisted tackles are second-most to strong safety Mark Perry and he’s one of four TCU defenders to snag an interception this season. After the Horned Frogs lost safeties Tre’von Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington to the NFL Draft, TCU has been looking for playmakers to step up on the back end. It appears that Camara could be one of those men.