March 17, 2007

Dickerson adjusts to position change

All eyes this spring will be focused on the quarterback battle, as Bill Stull and Kevan Smith look to replace Tyler Palko. But there are a number of other storylines surrounding the Pitt football program this spring, and not the least of them is the continuing saga of Dorin Dickerson.

Dickerson came to Pitt last season as a wide receiver but was moved to running back in training camp. Injury problems slowed his progress, and he failed to make a contribution in 2006.

At the same time, the Panthers were finding that they had developed quite a bit of depth at receiver and running back, essentially leaving Dickerson as the odd man out.

Still, the coaching staff knew that they had to find a place for Dickerson, a tremendous athlete with physical skills to spare. So they looked for a position where depth was lacking, and their search led them to linebacker.

"They approached me about it and said that there's not much depth at that position and that it would give me a chance to get on the field and compete for a spot," Dickerson said Saturday. "To me, that was the best way I could get on the field, since every other position is backed up. So it's a good chance to take."

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