Rutgers' second-leading rusher from 2013 spent Wednesday's practice as a cornerback.
Sophomore Justin Goodwin is switching over to defense after an injury to freshman CB Dre Boggs. Boggs was hurt on Tuesday. He sustained what the school termed a "lower body injury" and according to coach Kyle Flood, he's out for an undetermined amount of time.
So Flood put Goodwin, who also played CB in high school, on the other side of the ball. The Scarlet Knights have Gareef Glashen, a fifth-year senior, at CB and a host of other players who are either freshmen or sophomores.
"At first, I was kind of surprised. But whatever they need me to do to help the team out, I'm going to do," Goodwin said via ScarletNation.com.
Goodwin was the Scarlet Knights' second-leading rusher last season, running for 521 yards and five touchdowns.
"Justin is certainly a smart football player," Flood said. "He is certainly not going to forget what he has learned on offense and with the whole offensive package being in, he can learn the little intricacies of the game plans as we need him so that he can always be there for us in an emergency role."
Could Goodwin's switch be permanent? Flood said he's going to keep Goodwin on defense through the team's scrimmage on Saturday and "go from there."
Goodwin admitted he was uncomfortable at CB, but that's natural. It was only his first day and he hasn't played corner in over a year. According to NJ.com, Flood also didn't rule out playing Goodwin at both positions last year, making him like UCLA's Myles Jack. A linebacker, Jack emerged as a weapon for the Bruins at running back late in the 2013 season.
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