As I've told you, when it comes to training camp I'm not going to write about every little thing that happens, but there was a minor note from practice today that just caught my attention (and maybe the fact it's a slow news day is contributing too).
Freshman Caleb Day has moved from safety to CB. Beckman wants more depth there. Day a top athlete but raw technique #illini— Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) August 15, 2013
And while this doesn't seem like a very big deal -- and that's probably because it isn't -- I'm not sure I like this idea all that much. Now, without a doubt, this team certainly has a problem with depth at the cornerback position. I mean, Eaton Spence, a sophomore, is basically the grizzle veteran of the group.
I just don't know that moving Caleb Day from safety to corner will help at either position.
At 6'1 and 190 pounds I certainly like Day's size for a corner, as he'd be our biggest corner on the roster next to Clayton Fejedelem. It's just that when I watched Day's high school tape while evaluating our recruiting class in February, he just didn't strike me as a cornerback.
To me, if Day is going to play defense, safety is the position he should be at. And the truth is he might be a better wide receiver than safety, but defense is where he's needed the most. But as far as I know he doesn't have any experience playing corner, and it's much different than playing safety where the play is in front of you the majority of the time.
It won't be an easy transition for Day to make, and while he may help with depth, I don't think he's going to be able to see the field in 2013 barring some kind of injury emergency. Granted, he might have just as hard a time finding the field as a safety this season, but I can't help but wonder if you're hurting the depth at one position just to put a guy at another position that won't likely see the field.
Now, I'm not saying it isn't possible Day can spend some time at corner and develop into a Big Ten starting corner within the next year or two. He's athletic enough and skilled enough that anything is possible, but this move just has me scratching my head at the moment.
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