Fall camp brings with it a bit of positional musical chairs as seniors Anthony Brown and D.J. Morgan are set to swap sides for the 2014 season. Brown will make the change from cornerback to running back while Morgan will switch to defense as a cornerback after spending his injury-plagued career at running back.
USC senior Anthony Brown switched from CB to RB, and senior D.J. Morgan switched from RB to CB. Both are officially listed as 2-way players.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) August 6, 2014
The swaps are a bit of a head-scratcher on the surface. Both Brown and Morgan are veterans at their old positions with little to no collegiate experience in their new places on the field.
Brown made six career starts at cornerback and contributed on special teams in three seasons of participation but his progression through the ranks was slowed by injuries.
Morgan similarly struggled to find a foothold at running back with a rash of injuries stunting his career which began with his winning the Service Team Offensive Player of the Year Award during his redshirt season. He started the first two games of his freshman season but served as a back up for the remainder of his time.
Neither Brown nor Morgan were expected to start in their original positions in 2014, though Brown likely would have been part of the rotation at cornerback behind Kevon Seymour and Josh Shaw. The same can be said after the switch.
Effectively, it appears that Steve Sarkisian may simply be rolling the dice by giving the two seniors a change of pace and a fresh start for their final season at USC. At worst, they will find themselves right where they started with limited playing time. At best, one of them will click in their new role and provide a valuable service to the team.