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May 11, 2010
Spring position switches can pay off in fall
Spring football is a time for experimentation for some coaches, and sometimes those experiments pay off in the long run.
Here's a look at 12 teams that made key position changes during spring drills. Some are "routine" switches, such as going from guard to center. Other moves were a little more "dramatic," such as going from linebacker to wide receiver or tight end to defensive tackle.
A couple of caveats: The players involved had to be starters; we didn't consider tackle-to-guard (or guard-to-tackle) switches; we didn't consider redshirt freshmen; and we didn't list players who were injured and missed spring drills (though a couple of proposed changes involved injured players who would've made our list).
Here's the list, with the teams listed alphabetically.