April 19, 2006

King happy to be back on defense

Justin King spent the entire second half of the 2005 season on offense, filling the shoes of his injured teammate Derrick Williams. So when it came time for King and the coaching staff to determine where he will play in spring ball, the decision was a no-brainer. He'll be a cornerback.

"I wanted to play all defense because I missed out the whole second half of the season playing defense and a lot defensive backs would know when you don't play defensive back for a while you start to second guess the things that you do," he said during a Tuesday teleconference.

This spring King has practice solely at cornerback. He has rotated between the left and right side because he said defensive coordinator Tom Bradley likes to see everybody play both sides. However, King added that most of his time has come on the right.

With the loss of Alan Zemaitis, Anwar Phillips, Calvin Lowry and Chris Harrell, King, just a true sophomore, is immediately looked upon as a leader because of his experience playing with the senior laden group last year.Outside of the four fresh new faces jelling together, becoming vocal has been the biggest adjustment for No. 1.

"Like when I was in there with them (A.Z. and Anwar), I was like the young pup out there listening for calls and all of that stuff and now I have to be like in to it, know the formations, know the checks," King said.

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