With spring football practices starting Wednesday (and yes, the practices will be finished before spring even starts, but we’ll go with “spring football” to save some confusion), Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said that two players will definitely switch positions, and a third one might move too. Wale Lawal will move from outside linebacker to defensive end and Kyle Shaw will move from defensive tackle to offensive tackle. P.J. Adeji-Paul will probably go from safety back to cornerback.
Lawal made a bit of a splash as a freshman, starting four games and scoring a touchdown on a forced fumble and recovery on the first play of his college career, but rarely played defense as a sophomore. He was listed at 215 pounds last year, a bit small for a defensive end.
“It’s not going to hurt him to try to take an extra peanut butter and jelly sandwich back to his room after dinner,” Calhoun said. “He’ll have to put on a little bit (of weight), but not a lot.”
Adeji-Paul is a natural cornerback who moved to safety last year, but didn’t take well to that position. He was put into the starting lineup when Brian Lindsay was injured, but was quickly replaced by freshman Anthony Wooding. At cornerback, Adeji-Paul would compete with Josh Hall and Chris Miller to replace Reggie Rembert in the starting lineup.
Calhoun said he didn’t anticipate any players would be held out of the start of spring practice because of injury. He also said no key players from last season have left the program.