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Miami's Dallas Crawford and Stanford's Kodi Whitfield are making the move to defensive back

Nick Bromberg
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Nov 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Dallas Crawford (25) rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Miami won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Both Dallas Crawford and Kodi Whitfield produced highlights on the offensive side of the ball in 2013, but it looks like they'll be playing defense in 2014.

Crawford played running back for Miami last season and led the team with 12 touchdowns. He took over as the team's primary back when Duke Johnson broke his right ankle against Florida State. Crawford ended the season with 558 yards rushing on 137 carries. His biggest game of the season came at North Carolina, when he had 33 carries for 137 yards and two scores.

He's moving to defensive back, where he played as a redshirt in 2011 before moving to running back.

Whitfield, a receiver at Stanford, is heading to the defensive backfield as well. You may remember him as the Stanford player who made this amazing catch against UCLA:

Stanford All-Pac 12 safety Ed Reynolds is heading to the NFL Draft, so there's more room on defense than there is on offense.

''I gave Kodi the option: the chance to compete for a starting spot at free safety or stay in the competition at receiver and still play,'' Stanford coach David Shaw told the AP. ''It was not a decision made by me. It was a decision made by Kodi. I presented both options to him. If he wanted to stay at receiver, he'd stay and he'd make plays for us. But he saw there's an open spot, he's got a chance to compete for it and he's excited about it.''

Like Crawford, Whitfield has experience at defensive back too. He played safety in high school.

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