Tripp (v.) – ruthless continual changing of a player’s position. (h/t Brandon)
Man, I can’t tell you I got a warm feeling from this quote.
Earlier this offseason, Kirby Smart said that he would be willing to try anybody out at corner. That certainly checks out based on where Lovasea Carroll has spent his time so far this spring. The former four-star and No. 6 ranked running back in the 2021 signing class per the 247Sports Composite has been going through drills with Jahmile Addae and the defensive backs since he got on campus in January. On Thursday, Smart opened up on the position change.
“It’s experimental,” Smart said during a Zoom with reporters after the second day of spring practice. “We recruited him as a running back; we’re really deep at the running back position. He’s probably going to be a factor on our team on special teams. We think he’s really fast. He’s embraced the position. He’s made some good plays; he’s made some bad plays. He’s not played this position, so to put him out there and put him on some experienced wideouts and guys who have played a lot of football, it’s probably not fair to him. But that’s how you grow and that’s how you get better.”
Ho-kay. I guess.
“I’ve been around a lot of good running backs I’ve signed at other places that came to me and said ‘Man, I wish I had played corner based on what these guys are getting played, how many of them are getting paid in the NFL,'” Smart said. “The shelf life of a corner is much longer than the shelf life of a back and there’s a lot more corners active in the NFL than backs. You look at the case of those three guys that worked yesterday, L.C. comes with a lot of the same length, speed parameters and has a lot of the same qualities that those guys have. What he doesn’t have is experience. But he has embraced that role. I would not say it is permanent, I would say it’s a spring experiment and go from there.”
Oh, it’s for Carroll’s best future. Well, then.
I wonder if they told Mecole Hardman the same stuff his freshman year. At least they had enough sense to terminate that experiment before it did any real damage.