The long run came on the first play of the eighth series of the scrimmage. George Timmons was the tailback in an I-formation with two receivers on the right and none on the left. He took the handoff and bounced to the left racing down the sidelines before being knocked out of bounds at the 1-yardline. He scored a touchdown on the very next play.
"I was just happy I made the run," Timmons said. "I was thinking just one more yard, but I was giving it all I could at the time."
Timmons redshirted last year in his first season as a Hurricane. He spent the year as a cornerback on the scout team. This spring Timmons was switched to running back--a position he played in high school.
"I am just trying to learn the plays and get the blocking scheme down at running back," Timmons said. "Being switched over from defensive back I was just happy to make a play."
Timmons was one of four players to switch positions this spring. Miami did not sign any running backs in February, which played a part in the decision.
"It was something that I kind of wanted and something the team kind of needed," Timmons said. "We didn't bring any running backs in and I played running back a little bit more in high school than I did cornerback. I feel more comfortable at running back."
Timmons rushed for 1,253 yards on 109 carries--11.5 yards per carry--during his senior season at Columbia High School in Lake City. He also caught 19 passes for 301 yards.
Redshirting last year was tough for Timmons, as it is for any freshman, but he saw it as a good thing.
"It didn't really bother me redshirting," Timmons said. "I didn't want to blow a year just doing special teams. It was good to take a year to just sit back and learn."
His high school teammate and close friend, Rashaun Jones, had his redshirt pulled in the eighth game of the season and played primarily on special teams.
"We are real good friends," Timmons said. "We grew up together and played football together. It is just like we have grown up together throughout our lives."
Jones, a cornerback, along with a number of veteran players talked to Timmons about the position change and what would be expected of him at running back.
"A lot of people talked to me," Timmons said. "The defensive backs like Kelly Jennings and Marcus Maxey along with some of the other upperclassmen told me that I am going to have to run harder and learn my plays. They just let me know what I have to do to help the team win."
He is doing what he has to do to learn the new position, which takes time.
"In the spring I am just trying to learn," Timmons said. "I feel like I am getting better, but I still need to work on my blocking schemes and passing routes."
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor at CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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