In 2019, there were few defensive backs in college football as productive as Luq Barcoo.
That season, the San Diego Aztecs had one of the best defensive units in the nation, surrendering only 165 points (12.7 per game). Leading the way was Barcoo, who had one of the most prolific seasons in the program's history.
In addition to leading the country in interceptions with nine, he also led all defensive backs with 16 pass deflections. With the impressive numbers came impressive accolades, which included third-team Associated Press All-American honors, and the distinction of becoming the first Aztec defensive back in program history to earn Walter Camp All-America honors.
Even with his many accomplishments and desirable skillset, Barcoo went undrafted in 2020. His journey saw him play for several teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets. All in all, he was not able to find a stable home in the NFL.
This year, Barcoo became the first defensive player ever drafted by the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL. This season, he earned All-XFL Team honors after finishing with 31 tackles, an interception, and a sack in 10 games.
Even though he has been playing professional football for four years, his experiences up to this point have made him a seasoned veteran. With the team's need for a slot corner, Barcoo's size and ball skills should make him a worthy candidate to become an important piece of the Steelers defense.