Some position changes don’t make any sense. The last coaching staff made a habit of converting good offensive players to defense, because they had so few options. Last season, Cornelius Douglas and Shawn Corker, receivers in 2011, were moved to the secondary. Douglas couldn’t stay healthy and Corker never got a chance, but I don’t imagine he would have done much if he had. But sometimes players just need to slide into the positions they were recruited to play, or where their athleticism is best suited.
Pete Robertson, sophomore
2012: defensive end, 2013: linebacker
The switch from end to outside linebacker may be in name only, but I have a feeling we’ll hear Robertson’s name called a lot more this season. Originally recruited as a big wide receiver, LaDarrin “Pete” Robertson was a duel-threat quarterback in high school. After redshirting his freshman year, Robertson played safety and linebacker before ending up as a backup defensive end last season. This year, at 6’3″ 225 lb., the athletic sophomore will finally, hopefully, settle at outside linebacker.
Tre’ Porter, senior
2012: nickelback, 2013: free safety
Tre’Vante Porter was recruited in 2010 as a safety, but up till this point in his college career he’s been at corner and nickel. Porter is a physical defensive back with good closing speed, so it’ll be interesting to see him in his natural position at free safety in 2013.
Le’Raven Clark, sophomore
2012: right guard, 2013: left tackle
In 2011 Le’Raven Clark was one of the best high school offensive tackles in the country when he committed to Texas Tech. After redshirting that year, Clark made the freshman All-American team in 2012 as a right guard. This season, as the offense’s best lineman, we’ll see the 6’5″, 320 lb. sophomore at left tackle.
SaDale Foster, senior
2012: running back, 2013: inside receiver
Originally recruited as a junior college receiver out of California, SaDale Foster was a playmaker last season at running back. This year it sounds like he’ll get some snaps at inside receiver behind and/or opposite Jakeem Grant in addition to some carries out of the backfield. Wherever Foster lines up, it’ll be exciting to watch.
Shawn Corker, junior
2012: safety, 2013: wide receiver
Shawn Corker hasn’t really had his opportunity yet. Brought in as a stud wide receiver in Tuberville’s first recruiting class, Corker redshirted in 2010 and was buried on the depth chart in 2011 before making the switch to defense. Now he’s back in his natural spot at Z-receiver behind Reginald Davis and Bradley Marquez. Hopefully all the back and forth hasn’t hurt Corker’s chances for playing time in college, because he really is a talented receiver.