Do the Tigers move sophomore Antonio Clay from Sam to Mike and start Maurice Nelson, or do they start redshirt freshman Kavell Conner or Cortney Vincent at Mike?
Those are the questions facing defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. Also, there's the added fact that Clay returned from his sister's funeral in Georgia midway through Monday night's practice and was asked to do very little.
"I don't know what the right thing and the wrong thing is," Koenning said. "I don't know if there is a right thing. If everything doesn't workout just peachy, then everyone's going to say that it's the wrong decision. …
"I think it's just too early right now to sit there and say how we're going to do it. It's unfair to those kids because if you don't, then everybody's casting aspersions one way or the other and that's not what we'd like to do. …
"What we've always done here is say who is our three most productive guys that gives us the best chance to win."
The automatic assumption was that Clay would be moved, but as Koenning said earlier on Monday, "You know what happens when you assume.
"I know that's what everybody is thinking, but I don't know if that's the case," he said. "Kavell played 17 plays in the game (against Florida Atlantic) and did a good job, and Cortney Vincent played 27 plays in the game and did a good job.
"There's a lot of different things that we're looking at. I don't know exactly what we're going to do, to be frank with you."
Even if Koenning knew what the Tigers were going to do this weekend at Boston College, it's doubtful he or head coach Tommy Bowden would divulge that information.
"I'm not going to be real specific because I'd like to make it as difficult on them as possible," Bowden said. "Centers make calls on numbers and telling what numbers are going there, they'll put a scout team out there with those numbers and all I'd be doing is making their job easier."
Bowden said receiver Chansi Stuckey was the offensive MVP from Saturday, while safety Michael Hamlin was the defensive MVP and Ray Ray McElrathbey earned MVP honors for special teams. …
Of the backup offensive linemen, Bowden said redshirt freshman left guard Thomas Austin played the best, while left tackle Cory Lambert and center Barry Humphries also played well. …
Receiver Rendrick Taylor said he only had three plays at the newly created J-back position. He said he expects more time there this weekend. … Receiver Aaron Kelly said the offense will likely open up much more against Boston College to try and loosen up the Eagles' run defense. …
Kevin Alexander will remain as the third-team Mike and Will linebacker and switch between the two. Also, Sadat Chambers will play some safety and Sam in an emergency role. …
Offensive guards Roman Fry (knee) and Nathan Bennett (ankle) each wore yellow jerseys, as did defensive lineman Rashaad Jackson (knee) and tight ends Thomas Hunter (calf) and Akeem Robinson (knee). All are listed as questionable, but are expected to play.
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