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Change is good

USC's J.R. Tavai and Charles Burks embrace sudden position changes

Updated: August 13, 2012, 12:51 PM ET
By Greg Katz | WeAreSC.com
LOS ANGELES - - There is a scene in the classic Spencer Tracy movie, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," when Hyde tells his sequestered mistress, played by Ingrid Bergman, to get dressed up for a rare night on the town.

The young maiden gets all dolled up, beams with excitement, and when she tells Hyde she is ready to depart, he turns, spitting cherry seeds on the living room rug, and nonchalantly remarks, "Good, because we're not going."

[+] EnlargeJ.R. Tavai
Ric Tapia/Icon SMIJ.R. Tavai is excited to change positions despite the late decision from the coaching staff.
Imagine then, after training all spring and working all summer, the surprise to "former" sophomore nose tackle J.R. Tavai and "former" redshirt freshman defensive end Charles Burks, when both arrived for the first day of preseason camp only to find that they had been shifted to defensive end and fullback, respectively.

Greg Katz | email

Columnist, WeAreSC.com

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