August 6, 2006

Thomas makes the move

Charlie Weis figured Travis Thomas would jump at the chance.

After all, the senior was staring down another season of second-team status at running back with Darius Walker taking up residence in the starting spot. Combine that lack of opportunity with Notre Dame's glaring needs at linebacker and the Irish coach thought converting Thomas to defense would be as easy as third-and-inches.

Not quite.

"One reason not to do it was because I was having a good spring at the time," Thomas said. "I felt I had a productive season last year and I was looking forward to this year, I still am. It was a matter of 'Why me? There's a lot of guys on this team who could possibly convert to linebacker. What do you see in me that makes you so confident that I'm your guy?'"

What Weis saw was a former high school safety that quietly flourished as both a reserve running back and special teams ace last season. So after some post-spring soul searching Thomas embraced the shift. He'll take over at weakside linebacker during training camp's first two weeks after using summer workouts as a defensive introduction.

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