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Will Chambers switch to DB pay dividends?

PITTSBURGH -- Lee Chambers came to UM as one of the top high school running backs in the country. But now it appears his future is going to be in the Canes' secondary.

Monday, the Hurricanes switched the 5-10, 192-pound junior to defensive back where he will try to find some playing time on a unit looking for some help. While battling injuries for most of his career, Chambers ran for 272 yards on 60 carries in mostly mop-up duty. 

With the tailback position stacked with young talent, the switch made sense. Chambers was already expected to be at least fourth on the depth chart behind senior Damien Berry, sophomore Mike James and redsirt freshman Lamar Miller. Perhaps, his switch is a sign that not only true freshman Storm Johnson is ready to contribute, but Graig Cooper is also healthier than anticipated. UM Sports Information staff said Cooper, coming off knee surgery, began participating in contact drills last week.

Chambers at least has some experience playing defense. In high school, he played linebacker and safety made 57 tackles his senior year and had one sack and one interception return for a touchdown.

> I'm obviously not in Coral Gables covering the team. I'm in Pittsburgh covering the Marlins in what at the moment will be my last Marlins road series of the season. Susan Miller Degnan and Bill Van Smith were out at practice.

> In case you missed the big news of the day, Latwan Anderson was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and should arrive in Coral Gables later this week.

> Also, receiver LaRon Byrd was seen on crutches. It's unclear how long he will be out. Below is video of Shannon's interview with reporters on Monday thanks to UM's sports info staff.

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Hopefully it works out as good as the Damien Berry switch.

Even Sam Shields who switched to D in his senior year is going to be playing in the NFL this season.

Geez...Sam Shields part deaux. Kid has wheels but too many young bucks with fresh legs to turn back now.

Manny, if you are in Pittsburgh covering the Marlins, you need to also be paying attention to the MLB draft deadline. Christian Yellich is coming to Miami, it just depends on what team he is playing for, the Canes or Marlins. Also, Chris Hernandez has still not signed neither have commits Nick Castellanos and Yordy Cabrera. About a half hour left, stay tuned!!!

Thats >4.5 yds per carry not bad. Why did he not get in more often instead of Javarris James? Shannon had this thing about JJ. JJ did nothing for UM consistently. Yeahhe played great a couple of games here and there. But he was a shoe-infor a one yard gainor one yard loss every time he touched theball. No excuse for such a talent to be wasted. Hopethe injury excuse is true. Otherwise I'd be afraid about what would become of half of the rbs currently on the roster!

GreenBay coach McCarthy stated that if Shields had played DB for four years he would have been a first rounder. Good move for Chambers, and what does that say to all the haters about the ability of Miami's coaches?

Shannon seems like he's in an exceptionally good mood these days. He always seemed stressed out the last few years, but he's smiling a lot in these interviews and joking around. It may just be his new contract, but he seems like he likes what he's seeing.

Or maybe I just like what I'm hearing...

Go Canes!

Even though I have never been a fan of switching players from positions for which they were dominant in high school, all the best to L. Chambers. The "U" is certainly stacked at that position. Must be tough on a kid to be considered the best in the country at a given position and then have to switch to another position midway through their college career.
GOOO! CANES!

Miami coaches have a long history of taking players originally recruited for one position and recognizing their true potential, move them to a position where they are a natural fit and they become stars.

I wish Lee the best, he gives his all, and I hope he'll be able to make a contribution at db. Who knows, he may just turn out to be a BAD @SS.

THIS IS GOOD TO TRY AND UTILIZE THIS YOUNG MAN'S TALENT. THE MARK OF A GOOD PLAYER IS TO HAVE SOME FORM OF VERSATILITY. PSALMS 44

I'VE ALWYS FELT IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW COVETED A PLAYER IS, IF ANOTHER PLAYER IS BETTER THEN IN FAIRNESS TO ALL. YOU HAVE TO USE THE BETTER PLAYER, OTHER WISE PRACTICE WOULD NOT PROVE TO BE A TRUE ASSESSMENT OF THE BEST PLAYERS WINNING THE STARTING POSITION. PSALMS 10

Why do we always to this to kids?!?! Lee Chambers is/was a good back and we gave carries to Berry, Javaris James, and Mike James. Did this guy ever get a chance to prove himself in a game? I was not impressed with JJ at all last year, but he got so many touches in big games.

How much do we expect Chambers to contribute at DB? It's not fair to him or anyone else recruited to play DB here.

ramocrat is right....warren sapp was recruited as tight end.

You all keep makiong comments about how many chances carries J. James got and Chambers average. Means nuthin. Just sillyinfo on thesurface. The runningbacl position is much more than stacking a nice average in garbage time. Can he be trusted to pick up a blitzing LB in pass protection with a week Oline and frail QB (and a trues freshmen back up)?? Can he run routes like J. James and Cooper could. Leave the work to the coaches to make the decisions they make. we see thm for 1 hr on Saturdays, the coaches see them all week.

Please. All this whining. Chambers is / was a good back but he was OBE - Overcome By Events. Folks now are knocking JJ...Hmmm, I don't recall that after the Ok game. When injuries slowed him down, Damien was put in. Was Chambers better than him last year? Moving to DB is a win / win for Chambers and the Team. If he is the 4th or 5th best back on this team, I would think his NFL chances at running back are modest.Every kid has a shot to star in practice.

Not fair??? That's D1 football, dude!

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