AUBURN, Ala. — A pair of Auburn players will find themselves in new positions when spring practice begins Tuesday.
The changes will have the Tigers' secondary adding two players: Trovon Reed will move from receiver to cornerback while Johnathan Ford will shift from corner to safety.
Reed's switch comes as no surprise. In fact, he scooped himself in January.
"Will Be The Best CornerBack In The Nation 2014 Season!!” he said in a post on his personal Instagram account. He deleted the post shortly after. At the time, Gus Malzahn deemed the reports "premature."
That changed Monday.
Ford was another Tiger who was thought to be relocating this spring.
It's just not the position he had hoped for.
Prior to the BCS championship game, Ford expressed his desire to return to running back, the position Auburn originally recruited him to play. After Jonathan Jones broke a bone in his foot during last year's fall camp, however, Ford offered to move to corner to help with depth concerns. That's where he remained the entire season, aside from receiving scant action in the backfield in routs over Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic.
Despite his wish to transition back to offense, Malzahn said Ford playing safety was in the best interests of the team.
"We felt like he's capable of being a very good player for us, and just felt like there was more of a need at that position right now," said Malzahn, who mentioned that Ford's move to safety was permanent, with no chance of him receiving reps at running back this spring. "He's got a great attitude and (we're) really looking forward to seeing how he does."