Terrapins Football Thrives on Big Switches

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Terrapins Football Thrives on Big Switches
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Not to discount Ralph Friedgen in anyway, because he’s one of the best coaches in all of college football. But I’ve always looked kind of sideways at his recruiting, and even more so with this recent story about how many players come to College Park to play one position, and wind up at another?

Eight months later, Gloster is among more than a half-dozen Terps who have switched positions. While Friedgen has never been reluctant to move players around, this year’s converts are noteworthy because they include so many front-line players. Three key members of the secondary – cornerback Nolan Carroll and safeties Terrell Skinner and Kenny Tate – began as receivers. Receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) was a defensive back, and center Phil Costa was a guard. Friedgen has been experimenting this month with moving freshman defensive lineman Cody Blue to the offensive line.

Again, I’m not the guy to downgrade Friedgen’s personnel moves, especially if they result in better output for the squad. But it is interesting to see that the Terps seem to recruit on athletic ability first, and positional acumen second. Kind of hard to make a guy who’s been in a system for five-to-seven years of his life switch up for Division I competition, doesn’t it?

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