August 19, 2007

Chappel adjusts well to safety

Jovani Chappel moved from cornerback to safety for the 2007 season, and if all goes well he will be playing there a lot. He was one of 11 true freshmen to play in 2006, and deservedly so. Chappel graduated early, and was able to participate in spring drills for 2006. He played in 10 games last year and was slated to back up Kennard Cox at corner this year. He was moved to safety and has picked up things quickly this camp.

"You see things a little different, but (the position change) is nothing I can't handle," Chappel said. "It's different in those aspects, but it's the same when it comes to playing football."

Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and secondary coach Chris Ball noticed that Chappel was one of the best tacklers in the secondary, something rare for a corner. Yes, he is only 5-9, 185, but he can tackle. The suspension of Elijah Fields left a void at the safety position behind Mike Phillips, but with Chappel's tackling ability, he has a chance to make the absence of Fields a little more palpable.

"I always take (tackling) to heart, since out of high school," Chappel said.

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