Indulging your inner mad scientist

  • 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.


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15 responses to “Indulging your inner mad scientist

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    I hope it works out but I have memories of Kerwin Bell and Rick Nattiel abusing former RB Greg Williams in 86.

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  2. J.R. Clark

    Hope Lovasea Carroll hasn’t heard about Robert Edwards, just saying.


  3. Nebraska used to do this all of the time back in their heyday. They’re recruit a ton of RBs and move several to DB.

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  4. theotherdoug

    Former VOl Jalen Hurd popped into my head as I was reading Kirby’s sales job about longevity. I’m still amazed that guy went from SEC RB at Tennessee to a 3rd round draft pick WR at Baylor.

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  5. I’ve got an old recruiting magazine somewhere that lists Jevon Kearse as one of the top 5 high school Wide Receivers in the country.

    Let it play out.

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  6. Remember the Quincy

    I’m clueless about Mecole Hardman. What happened there?


  7. SlobberKnocker

    “The former four-star and No. 6 ranked running back in the 2021 signing class per the 247Sports Composite”

    I get the point and hope that LC is utilized in a manner that supports his long term abilities. But, is there any other team in the country (maybe Bama?) that is so deep at RB that they could move the 6th ranked RB recruit in the nation to another position? Man, that room is deep.

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  8. Worked out well for Tae Crowder………….

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    He’s not wrong about CB’s in the NFL…numbers, pay etc….


  10. 69Dawg

    I’m late to the party on this but Dooley used to recruit high school QB’s and make them into DB’s. So much so that some wag once wrote that imagine what a DB Dooley could have made of Doug Flutie. LMAO


  11. bigjohnson1992

    I don’t like it. If he told he was recruited as an rb (and he IS a bad ass rb), keep him there. And recruit better at cb.


  12. Dawg in Austin

    Worked fine for Webb and Crowder, and they may have been lesser athletes than Carroll. If he wants the reps at DB, I’m good with him giving us emergency depth at DB for 2021 and on special teams. Otherwise he gets 50 snaps at RB, at best. It’s not hard to get caught back up at RB next spring if DB doesn’t work out, but it takes a full year to learn DB in Kirby’s defense. That said, we’ve got some really talented young DBs with at least a year under their belts and opportunity galore right now. I like that combination. We just have no depth.