Spring Practice: Taylor Moving To Running Back


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CLEMSON - One Rendrick Taylor experiment is over. Another is just beginning.

Clemson spring football practice resumed Monday afternoon, and head coach Tommy Bowden confirmed that Taylor's move from wide receiver to linebacker has been axed. Now, Taylor will return to the offensive side of the ball and try his hand at running back.

"He's the kind of guy more comfortable with the ball in his hands," Bowden said. "Linebacker is a very instinctive position...There's a lot to take in at that position. We tried that for a few days. Now we'll try this and see how it works.

"It's spring practice, so this is the time to do it. There's no game next Saturday, so you've got time to look at these things."

One position Taylor won't be playing, at the moment anyway, is wide receiver. Bowden said the move could help Taylor with his NFL aspirations.

"He's 242 pounds, and most guys in the NFL that size are 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5," said Bowden. "He's only 6-1, and there's not many wide receivers that size in the NFL.

In other news from Monday, Bowden announced running back James Davis will miss the rest of the spring. The rising senior running back injured his shoulder in the Thursday night scrimmage before spring break.

While no surgery is expected, treatment and recovery will keep Davis sidelined for the remainder of workouts.

Bowden also said that linebacker Stanley Hunter could be cleared to go full speed by Wednesday.

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