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Old 05-23-2019, 10:45 AM   #302
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Smith was recruited as a safety and spent freshman year as a scout team safety per his ND bio. Then he moved to linebacker for his sophomore season. Starting out his junior year he was again a (starting) safety but halfway through the season was moved back to linebacker. After that season he moved back to safety and stayed there.

ND was lucky he stayed for a fifth year and became a standout player. If he had played special teams instead of red-shirting his freshman year then his fifth year never happens at all.

Anyway, Smith probably wasn't moved to find his best position. He was moved around because the defense was terrible.

EDITED to include info from a more careful reading of his bio.

Right. Didn't we have a massive shortage of OLBs and they were forced to play him down there just due to his athleticism and the fact that, while undersized, he wasn't AS undersized as a safety could have been?
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:54 AM   #303
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Personally, I don't think getting Griffith on the field practicing his coverage skills everyday is going to hurt his long-term prospects at safety. It actually exactly what he needs to be an effective FS.

I don't really see Hamilton as a nickel, though. Seems like a stretch since short distance lateral quickness is not his best trait. But if he's better than the other guys...

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Interestingly, Sampson suggests here that the offensive staff really want Hamilton to play offense his first year on campus. Says in the comments it’d probably be as a wide receiver in red zone situations https://theathletic.com/1037897/2019...ball-freshmen/
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Interestingly, Sampson suggests here that the offensive staff really want Hamilton to play offense his first year on campus. Says in the comments it’d probably be as a wide receiver in red zone situations https://theathletic.com/1037897/2019...ball-freshmen/
If that’s the case. I hope he transfers. I’d shake his hand, pat him on the back and wish him well. Dude is a defensive back. A potential NFL defensive back. Don’t screw it up
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If that’s the case. I hope he transfers. I’d shake his hand, pat him on the back and wish him well. Dude is a defensive back. A potential NFL defensive back. Don’t screw it up
Agreed, the entire focus should be him being a starting safety for 2020. There are plenty of red zone threats.
Clarke Lea could return serve by trying to get Claypool to play a little bit of linebacker this year.

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For the love of god no. What is chip thinking?
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