Head football coach Jack Crowe announced five position changes since Saturday’s full scrimmage as the Gamecocks continue to prepare for the season opener at Arkansas on Sept. 1.
Crowe, who begins his 13th season guiding the Gamecocks, announced that Elijah Jenkins, Blake Glaze, Erick Butler, Aries Lockhart and Brooks Robinson have all moved positions, with Jenkins being the only player to change units, moving from quarterback to the defensive side of the ball.
“The earliest part of the fall is always about evaluating players, almost totally with new players, but in this case we have a fifth year senior in Brooks Robinson who we made a position change with,” Crowe said on Tuesday after the Gamecocks’ practice.
Robinson, who played in all 11 games as a junior in 2011, totaled 29 tackles and returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown versus Austin Peay last year. The Opelika, Ala., native moved from safety to linebacker for the 2012 season.
“The other position changes were new players that we just evaluated their contribution this year,” added Crowe. “Eli Jenkins, and this is not for the rest of his career, but he can really give us some help at safety. Blake Glaze has been moved from outside linebacker to inside linebacker, Erick Butler has been moved from outside linebacker to defensive end and Aries Lockhart has been moved from corner to safety.”
Jenkins was a freshman signee from Parker High School, where he passed for more than 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior to earn first-team All-Region honors in 2011. Glaze signed out of Springwood High School, while Butler prepped at Booker T. Washington High School. Lockhart sat out the 2011 season as a redshirt after transferring to JSU from Highland Community College in Kansas.
“All of them are inter-connected with each other,” said Crowe. “Just looking at our depth situation…It’s five guys who we have put into position who could help this football team.”
Arkansas also announced the television talent for next week’s season opener vs Jax State as Scott Inman will handle the play-by-play call with Jimmy Dykes providing color commentary and former Razorback Michael Smith on the sideline.
Inman has been a sports anchor at KATV since 1999 and is in his 14th year working as a co-host for the pre-game show and post-game Scoreboard Show on the Razorback Sports Network. Dykes is in his 19th year as an analyst at ESPN and is a former basketball letterman at Arkansas.
Jacksonville State still has a limited number of tickets remaining for the game at 10th ranked Arkansas and can be purchased by calling the JSU Athletic Ticket Office at 256-782-8499.