Sunday, August 21, 2011

Camp news: Nate Smith (L.J.'s bro) to fullback

Gotta love the personnel moves Steve Addazio has made so far in training camp and my personal favorite is moving the explosive Nate Smith (brother of former Eagles' tight end L.J.) to fullback.
Daz announced that along with a few other interesting tidbits in the video above.
You remember the fullback position.
It's been pretty much a non-factor at Temple since Shelley Poole blocked for Paul Palmer some 25 years ago.
Before that, a hard-charging guy named Mark Bright earned the MVP in the Garden State Bowl.
Smith was an explosive running back in high school and, in the backfield with Bernard Pierce, gives the defense something to think about before loading up to stop BP.
In other news on the video, Daz talks about moving George Washington High athlete Daquan Cooper to corner and says he's going to work Cooper in on special teams, which I interpret to mean returning punts and kickoffs.
He doesn't have a timetable for naming a starting quarterback but says "that's not where we're headed" when asked a question about playing more than one quarterback. At the same time, Daz indicates that he is working on a limited package with Juice Granger and Granger could have a role in the Villanova game.