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Sep, 2018

National PAL Youth Where Are They Now?

GREENSBORO — He’s the other guy. He knows it. And he’s fine with it.Timadre Abram just wants to be himself, a physical, bump-and-run cornerback among the best in the MEAC.Abram, a senior at N.C. A&T, was an All-MEAC pick last year, his first season as a starter. But so, too, was his teammate Mac McCain, an All-America cornerback who already has seven interceptions as a sophomore, four of them returned for touchdowns.There’s no jealousy from Abram. They’re friends as well as teammtes.“Mac McCain is fast. He’s a really fast guy,” Abram says. “I don’t mind saying it: He’s definitely faster than me. But I do OK; 4.48 (seconds) is my top time in the 40 (-yard dash). I’m no slouch, but Mac is a 4.3 guy.
So opposing offenses are left to pick their poison. Do we throw at the All-America guy? Or do we throw at the All-MEAC guy?“I consider myself a balanced player,” Abram says. “I like to come down and fill in against the run as well as cover (receivers). I don’t mind the contact at all. I’m a pretty physical cornerback.“I’m very aggressive. I try to be the aggressor at all times and make sure that I’m covering my guy to the best of my ability. He’s going to know I’m there. I’m going to make my presence felt. Bump-and-run (coverage) is my favorite.”Abram is listed at 5 feet 10 and 168 pounds. He has played in 39 games (18 starts) and has 61 tackles, 16 pass breakups, one interception and 17 passes defended.Of his 10 tackles this year, eight are solos. He fits in a defense built to stop the run, a scheme that often leaves defensive backs on their own.“We play a lot of man-to-man coverage,” Abram says. “The No. 1 goal is to stop the run, but we in the secondary take covering guys pretty seriously as well — as you can see by our record.”
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