When Michigan State opened fall camp, the running back competition featured six players.
A few practices in, it appears to have been cut to five. Freshman R.J. Shelton was taking reps at wide receiver during practice Wednesday.
"We moved R.J. to receiver (Tuesday) just to give him reps," head coach Mark Dantonio said. "He really performed well (Tuesday). He's got great ball skills, he ran into his cuts, and he's played a variety of positions in high school, so he adapted well. We just want to make sure that he's getting reps."
Shelton too said that he played a lot of running back and wide receiver in high school, and that he wants to do what is best for the team.
"I am going to do what I need to do," Shelton said. "I like running back and wide receiver, so whatever the team needs, I will do it."
For now, that means playing wide receiver, which Dantonio said is due to team need, as well.
"Right now, we just moved him out there based upon a couple guys getting nicked up, things like that, and just trying to get reps," Dantonio said. "I think we've got to keep him at wideout for a couple practices and see, but he's exciting to watch."
Shelton said that he has work to do, and that things like physicality at the wide receiver position aren't an issue.
"I feel, for me, I am doing okay," Shelton said. "There always room for improvement. You've just got to get better everyday, that's a thing that Coach D preaches. Chase it – just get better every single day."