In today’s football, the two-way player has become a thing of the past. You get one position, and one position only, to help your team win.
Should this rule hold true in every case in college football today? Nutrition and health have only gotten better, and these athletes are in incredible shape. Why not give them a shot to play both ways?
One player that can accomplish such a task is Michigan State’s Lawrence Thomas.
First of all, recognize that at 6-foot-3, 295 pounds, Thomas isn’t going to be able to play every snap for the Spartans. A man of that size gets winded, so he would be playing situational snaps on both sides of the ball. His size make him a perfect fit as both a defensive end and a tight end, the two positions he’d play if I were head coach.
Thomas’ numbers from 2012 aren’t exactly inspiring: seven catches for 78 yards and three tackles. However, with Dion Sims and William Gholston now gone, the Spartans need help at both positions played by Thomas.
In order for this to really work, Thomas needs to lose about 15 pounds. His quickness and agility would improve, making him a better pass rusher and tackle-shedder for Michigan State. At nearly 300 pounds, he’s going to be a step slow, but I can see him playing both spots legitimately if he can get down under 280.
There’s no rule saying that a player must be relegated solely to offense or defense. The Spartans have a guy who can fill two holes for them and they should utilize him accordingly.
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