Top position-switchers for 2013
January, 17, 2013
By Ryan McGee | ESPN Insider
Sure, college coaches might be comfortable with switching a signee from his lifelong playing position to something totally new. As for the players, it can be like trying to learn a new language. And can lead to some R-rated language during the transition.
"Just because I'm good at this s--- doesn't mean I should have to do it," I remember hearing Tennessee All-American Carl Pickens screaming at coaches as he stomped out of a position meeting in 1990. The wide receiver was one of the best natural athletes I've ever seen. So much so that a desperate then-Vols head coach Johnny Majors started playing him both ways in '89, at wideout on offense and cornerback on defense during his redshirt freshman season. As much as Pickens complained -- and he did a lot -- he also accomplished something that in these times would cause a Twitter meltdown. He caught a touchdown pass and hauled in an interception in the same game. Twice.