When Brendan Nosovitch decided not to transfer from South Carolina, the questions swirling around him quickly shifted from "will he stay?" to "will he play?"
Along with his usual work at quarterback, Nosovitch has spent this fall taking reps at tight end and wide receiver. He said that the decision to try different positions was not something he expected.
"It was kind of a surprise at first," Nosovitch said. "The first day [of fall camp], I walked in and Coach Spurrier came up to me and asked me what I thought about playing some tight end. Obviously, I was open to it. I just want to do whatever I can to get on the field. It's a little bit different, but I'm just doing whatever the coaches ask of me and trying to compete at both quarterback and tight end."
Nosovitch saw the field briefly in 2013, scoring a rushing touchdown against Arkansas and completing a pair of passes against Coastal Carolina. He also was used on special teams at times throughout the year. When asked the last time he played an offensive position other than quarterback, Nosovitch had to go back to his youth football days, when he spent time at wide receiver.
"In high school, I played safety," Nosovitch added. "Never played receiver in high school though."
On the other side of the ball, Cedrick Cooper is also learning a new position. Cooper moved from linebacker to defensive line during South Carolina's bowl practices last year and has been working with Deke Adams ever since. He said he quickly realized the differences between the positions.
"Thinking-wise, it's a little simpler," Cooper said. "The only conflict is handling 300-pound men trying to take your head off each play."
Cooper, who has been trying to add to his 225-pound frame, said dealing with offensive lineman is the only part of the transition that he isn't quite used to.
"Other than that," he said, "I like the switch."