August 16, 2007

DT Jobe comes up swimming

MORGANTOWN-Talk about baptism of fire. . . .

Eric Jobe was minding his own business Friday morning, preparing to go out and practice as the No. 2 center in camp, when he was told, "Hey, you're going over to defense."

At first, Jobe, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound redshirt freshman from LaPlata, Md., thought he was heading to nose tackle, the corresponding position to the offensive pivot.

Instead, it was defense tackle where the former All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) two-way lineman moved.

After a light practice, the big fellow was thrown into Saturday's scrimmage with both feet.

Because of multiple injuries to several teammates, he slid in with the second team behind starter Doug Slavonic at the 5-technique. And, for good measure, he was on the third team, too. Sixty plays in all, is what he played, probably the most of anybody on the field in the second two-a-day.

He was back at No. 2 DT again earlier in the week, what with James Ingram (hamstring) and Scooter Berry (dinged) missing work.

"They told me they thought I would be a good candidate on defense. We have depth at nose guard with Keilen (Dykes), Thor (Merrow) and (Chris) Neild, so they moved me to tackle. I guess I am what you call an auxiliary lineman. I wouldn't mind stepping back in and playing center," said No. 61.

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