Will Hoping to Thrill BC Fans

"Some BC fans are skeptical of moving a player so late in his career, but if anyone can excel at his new position, it's the uber-athlete Blackmon."

After playing cornerback for the past three seasons, senior Will Blackmon will be making a position switch. He will be a wide receiver for the Eagles in 2005.

This isn't new news anymore. But the finality and reality of the situation that started out as a rumor over the winter was made official on Sunday when Head Coach Tom O'Brien released his two-deep for the season opener.

And there was Blackmon's name on the left side of the ledger after being a staple on the right side for so long.

Some BC fans are skeptical of moving a player so late in his career, but if anyone can excel at his new position, it's the uber-athlete Blackmon who prides himself in his versatility and idolizes another two-way stand-out: Deion Sanders.

"It's like taking a new class," said Blackmon. "You can either attend class and just sit there or you can attend class and actually study what's going on and be ready to go out and try and get that A. So I'm going into this thing full-blown trying to help my team out and trying to get that A."

One thing Blackmon can do to earn that "A" is get in the end zone. His presence on the other side of the ball gives the Eagles a legit deep-threat for the first time in ages.

"I'll definitely try and score some more touchdowns," Blackmon quipped, and you can bet he'll eclipse his career total of two, possibly before the Eagles open conference play.

For those fans (in the majority) who support the move, there has been some early talk of Blackmon becoming a Charles Woodson-like triple threat on offense, defense and special teams. There is still a chance Blackmon will see some time as a nickel corner, as BC's secondary is anything but set in stone.

"I wanna help my team out anyway I can," said Blackmon, who has proven to be the consummate team player, much like his quarterback Quinton Porter. "If it has me on the field the entire game, all 100 plays, I'm willing to do it."

Blackmon and Porter have a history together, despite rarely working together in drills over the past three years.

"I can remember I came to the spring game my junior year in high school, and he was just an incoming freshman and I was just being recruited, and we were just tossing the ball around," Blackmon recalled. "We switched information and became friends, and I was about 16 years old and there was a possibility in the back of my mind (about playing together), and now we're doing it."

BC fans will get their first regular season look at Porter-to-Blackmon on September 3rd at 3:30 PM Eastern time, as the Eagles head to Provo to face the BYU Cougars. There is some concern about the travel and the thin air, but Blackmon does not seem concerned with it.

"Once you get on the field traveling doesn't mean anything."

All that matters for Blackmon is helping his team win, and with his presence on offense and on kick and punt returns, he should have plenty of opportunities to put points on the board.

Michael Chevallier is the publisher of EagleInsider.com. He can be reached at EagleInsiderGuru@aol.com.


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