Freshman Powell moves to running back

Bilal Powell is on the move just one week into preseason camp, moving from defensive back to running back. The talented Louisville freshman got his first experience in the Louisville offensive backfield Thursday. Running back coach Tony Alford provides an update.

Bilal Powell is on the move just one week into preseason camp, moving from defensive back to running back. The talented Louisville freshman got his first experience in the Louisville offensive backfield Thursday.

"He's a good football player," running back coach Tony Alford said. "He's a really, really neat kid. He's a young guy and I've only had him for today (Thursday) – it was his first day. We've spent a lot of time with him obviously, the past 48 hours, just visiting and getting to know him."

Powell opened camp last week at cornerback. At 6-0, 200 pounds, he had ideal size and speed to play in the secondary. But after rushing for 1,960 yards and 26 touchdowns last year at Lake Gibson (FL), Powell felt his skills would be best used on offense.

"He has a chance to be a good football player," Alford said. "He's got a real high skill set. A lot of the (move) is something he kind of wanted to do. The running back position, according to him, is something he feels very comfortable with. That's kind of what he's been and how he foresees himself. He's a good athlete and it's something he wanted to try and we're all for it."

After having his first opportunity to work with Powell on the practice field Thursday, Alford said the speedy rookie from Lakeland, Florida has much to learn about the finer points of his new position.

"He was out here just today only and there's a steep learning curve," Alford said. "He looked fine. We're still trying to teach him how to line up and the snap count and things like that. But he's a smart kid, wants to learn and has pretty good knowledge about what's going on."


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