Reynaud returns to familiar position

Darius Reynaud's move from wide receiver to running back is actually a return to a familiar position. Reynaud excelled at running back in high school when his team went undefeated.

The loss of Chester Taylor in free agency has left the Vikings looking to add depth at running back and they have decided to get creative in their quest to do so.

Darius Reynaud, a wide receiver for his first two NFL seasons, has been shifted to running back. Reynaud is actually returning to familiar territory.

As a senior at Hanville High School in Boutte, La., Reynaud rushed for 1,889 yards on 236 carries and 37 touchdowns as his team went 15-0 and won the state title. Reynaud remained a threat both running and catching the ball during his three seasons at West Virginia.

"That's really where he was coming out (of high school)," Vikings coach Brad Childress said during a recent radio interview. "I think it was him and the young man from the Bears (Matt Forte). He and Darius Reynaud were a couple of the best running backs coming out of high school down in Louisiana. They were 1-2 in yardage.

"He's got the physical skills and abilities. It remains to be seen (whether he can) pick up the scheme, take a good look at the runs and be a good pass protector. But he sure has the physical skills and abilities to be able to do it."

Reynaud proved his versatility during practices last offseason as he was used in various packages that were really designed for wide receiver/running back Percy Harvin. This meant Reynaud spent some time in the Vikings' version of the Wildcat.

Reynaud became only the 10th West Virginia player with more than 3,000 all-purpose yards, including 1,550 receiving, 1,126 on returns and 410 rushing.

Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson is atop the Vikings' depth chart and right now Albert Young is second. Reynaud figures to battle for the third spot with recent signee James Johnson and could still be used at wide receiver if necessary.


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