Spring practice starts today. And with it there are some position changes taking place on the roster.
1. Dee Arrington will be switching from safety to linebacker. Dee has always been a guy who bordered on which way we could use him…and he’s had some practice time at LB. He’s 6′-1″ 220, which is basically the same size as Matt Wells. Arrington would be a senior in 2014 but he should be able to get a redshirt for the 2013 season where he only played in three games due to injury.
2. Rufus Warren will be moving from tight end to offensive tackle. The TE position is loaded at MSU, and even more so with the addition of Darrian Hutcherson in this year’s recruiting class. At 6′-7″ and closing in on 280 lbs. it’s not a stretch for Rufus to get to where he needs to be. He’ll get a look at LT to backup Blaine Claussell in 2014, and try his hand to become a starter in 2015 as a senior.
3. Deontay Evans will also be moving from safety to linebacker. His body type is almost a carbon copy of Nickoe Whitley who could have been a WLB with just a little bit of weight. Evans will put that on and take his hard-hitting to the LB corps as a sophomore in 2014.
4. Justin Cox will be moving from cornerback to safety. This is where he played in juco, and he did so in the Liberty Bowl as well. With CB stocked this year he should be able to excel as a FS in his senior season.
5. Brandon Holloway will be moving to more of a role as a tailback than a slot receiver. His speed is undeniable and he’s shown that on some deep routes….unfortunately he wasn’t able to catch the pass. Finding a way to get him the ball is the key here – and jet sweeps and the like are just the way to do that. With Jamoral Graham coming in to be the heir apparent to Jameon Lewis, then Donald Gray next year this move makes perfect since from that position as well.
6. Christian Holmes will be ??? He’ll be on the team but who knows where he’ll be for sure. The jack of all trades. He’s played LB and TE. Special teams guy, resident class clown, you name it. He even switched from offense to defense in the middle of last year. I’d like to see us use a fullback, and I’ve made the plea to put Nick Griffin there, but if not I think Holmes could be a solid candidate. 6′-1″ 200 – he’ll be a senior in ’14.