April 7, 2009

Position changes dot Tuesday practice

Texas A&M hit the practice fields for the first time since Saturday and for the first of two practices this week before the Aggies get a break in spring drills for Good Friday and Easter over the weekend. The Aggies went through unit drills and a little bit of 11-on-11 team drills before calling it a day in which the defense won once again.

But the news of the day had to do with a number of position players as three Aggies moved from the defensive side of the ball to the offense. Cornerback Lionel Smith moved to wide receiver, safety Keon Furtch moved to tight end and linebacker Cole Graybill moved to fullback.

"We moved Furtch over to tight end and we moved Lionel Smith over to receiver, and I just thought that he was a receiver in high school and we looked at him at corner all last season, we looked at him for two weeks here and we have a fair amount of guys coming in at that position," said A&M head coach
Mike Sherman
. "He was a heck of a receiver in high school and we want to give him an opportunity to show what he can do, so that's why we moved him."

Graybill is a 6-foot-3, 236-pound walk-on who transferred from Arizona last season as a linebacker, but after two weeks of spring drills he's been moved to fullback where the Aggies have a glaring hole after the departures of Jorvorskie Lane, Nick LaMantia and Latreal Cooper from last year's team.

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