The Move Back to Defense For Chris Covington Should be Good For the Hoosiers

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

All winter long we have been expecting to see converted linebacker Chris Covington back in the back up quarterback role, but when the position changes were announced this morning it said that Covington will be returning to his original position of linebacker. Indiana Hoosier head coach Kevin Wilson said the move was initiated by Covington because “it’s what he wanted” and that “what’s best for him is best for the team.”

Moving Covington back to linebacker leaves the Hoosiers with only Zander Diamont at backup quarterback who saw meaningful snaps in 2014. Is this the end of the great wildcat experiment that went terribly wrong last season? Or is there someone else the Hoosiers have in mind for that role? The Hoosiers do have a ton of athletes who played quarterback in high school joining the team in June when the signees arrive on campus. Having Covington also adds more depth to the linebacker corps and that is never a bad thing as the Hoosiers usually substitute freely and need as many fresh and able bodies that they can get on the field. Like Wilson said today what is best for the player is best for the team. If Covington is more comfortable and happier playing defense then it is the right move. Team moral, which has not been an issue for Wilson since year one, is vital for the success of the edition of the Hoosiers. Covington was a 2-star prospect out of Illinois and part of the Hoosiers 2014 signing class. He played in five games at quarterback last year and completed only 25 percent of his passes with a couple of interceptions