Monday, March 9, 2009

Jamie Graham being moved to cornerback

Looks like when Jamie Graham catches passes next season, they'll be interceptions. Coach Bobby Johnson told's Chris Low today that Graham's moving to cornerback to replace D.J. Moore.

Kudos to the person who posted this here about a month ago:

"I wish that they would put him back in the defensive backfield. They could still use him for offensive sets every now and then (like they did with DJ), but he seems to have a knack for defense."

Here was my response:

"Great, great point, and it was an oversight on my part not to mention Jamie's ability as a defensive back. Like Eric Samuels this year, Jamie was listed as an 'athlete' when we recruited him, and we listed him from the start as a DB.

"After a full redshirt year of playing Jamie at DB in practice, we lost Earl Bennett to the NFL and moved Jamie to receiver. This turned out to be a nice move, especially with John Cole's injury in the first game, George Smith's lack of production, and our reticence to take the wraps off Larry Smith, the only QB we have who can throw the long ball (maybe Funk can too but he's below Larry on the depth chart). And all TEN defensive backs returned on our two-deep depth chart.

"Jamie's still a playmaker. But this season we return 60 percent of our two-deep secondary instead of 100 percent. Of our recruits, Eric Samuels and Trey Wilson can probably do what Casey Hayward and Sean Richardson did last season. But we still need at least two other guys to play major roles for us.

"You're right, if Jamie got moved to the secondary, he'd certainly have the ability and experience to jump right into our offensive sets."

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