Dennis Norfleet Switching Positions to Cornerback

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Highly-touted and fleet-footed running back Dennis Norfleet is switching positions to cornerback, Michael Spath reported earlier today on Rivals.

From Spath's article, Hoke's comments:

"He's done a nice job so far," said Hoke. "We moved him two weeks ago, and we've talked about it for awhile. Just to get another good athlete on the field.

"He played cornerback his sophomore and junior year in high school. He didn't play as a senior. His ball skills are really pretty darn gone good. Good quickness. He's not the biggest guy in the world but he's a competitor and he loves to play.

"Is it difficult to make this move? Give me about four more days and I'll let you know to be honest to that kid. He's willing to learn. He's a guy that loves to play football."

I doubt Brian at mgoblog.com will be happy with this decision, seeing as he is a big fan of Norfleet and always has a soft spot for spread guys. Personally, I was never huge on Norfleet given the system that Hoke and Borges have been leaning toward since day one. I gravitated more towards the Thomas Rawls camp, but he didn't live up to the hype either.

Despite heralding tales of Norfleet's speed, we never got a true glimpse of it this season, and there were always "just you wait" remarks whenever he returned kicks/punts, but he never broke one off for a touchdown. I suspect he will still return kicks.

In related news, Spath also reported in the same article that redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jerald Robinson has left the team.

This opens up Michigan's scholarship allotment to 25.

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