No Position Change for Billie- Yet had the opportunity to speak with freshman running back Tramaine Billie this weekend. Among the topics of interest in our conversation include his thoughts on the first week of practice and a potential position change that may or may not be in the works.

Freshman running back Tramaine Billie had an interesting time deciding on his school of choice earlier this year. In fact at one point in time, Billie verbally committed to play football for Lou Holtz and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Six months later, things have changed quite considerably for the Columbia native.

Billie decided on the Clemson Tigers this past February, and since that point in time, there's been no looking back.

"I wanted to be close to home, but not too close, and I realized that after I originally committed to South Carolina last year. They were just one of the first schools to offer me and I jumped on a little too early," said Billie.

With the chaos of recruiting now fading in the distance, one thing has been on the mind of the former Dreher High School standout.

"Playing time," said Billie. "I just want to play and help the team out in anyway I possibly can."

While most people who follow the Clemson football program closely have already penciled in Billie as a free safety, don't necessarily count on a position change just yet.

"I've been practicing exclusively as a running back right now," Billie said. "None of the coaches have even talked to me about playing defense. It's not that I wouldn't be open to it though. If it means I can play earlier and help the team, then I'm all for it."

Billie finished his senior campaign with over 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground to along with 2 touchdowns through the air. He also rushed for 2,003 yards and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior and was a participant in the North-South All-Star game.

Billie, like most incoming freshmen, has been filling in on the scout team defense at various points through the first week of practice. He reportedly had an impressive hit on junior wide receiver Airese Currie late last week.

"Billie has played well, he is an outstanding athlete," said Tommy Bowden last Thursday. "I was so impressed with his play today he didn't have to do conditioning sprints at the end of practice."

While the team is still only in the initial stages of fall practice, don't be surprised to see some more noise made out this incoming freshman in the weeks to come. He's got the build, the speed, and the work ethic to make a contribution to the team early in his career. Top Stories