August 3, 2007

Summers ready to move back to receiver

The Rebel coaches have asked Markeith Summers to change before.

Summers, a former three-star recruit at wide receiver, redshirted last season while he learned a new position.

One year later, the head coach Ed Orgeron and Rebel coaching staff is asking Summers to make another switch, this time back to wide receiver.

"I feel like we're short on receivers," Summers said. "Anybody could really help right now. I'm just glad to be doing what I've always been doing."

Summers gives the Rebel quarterbacks a bigger target, with a 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame.

"I feel like I bring speed on the deep ball, and I can get in the end zone from the red zone," Summers said. "I don't feel like I drop a lot of balls."

Summers said he got the news he'd been hoping for in June.

"Coach Orgeron told me about four weeks ago. I'm very excited," he said. "I always wanted to go back. But, I'm a team player, and wherever they feel like they need me, I'll go play."

And with the questionable status of Mico McSwain, whom Orgeron said was the team's biggest academic question, the Rebels needed depth at wideout - the place Summers feels most comfortable.

"I'm not used to tackling anybody. I've always been a receiver," he said. "I've never lost a step at receiver."

Since learning he'd be back on offense, Summers has worked to grasp his old position and use the knowledge gained from a year on defense to help.

"I just really tried to learn the plays again - learn my primary position," he said. "I'm very familiar with the defenses now. I can read coverages better and play ball to the best of my ability."

Orgeron said Thursday that no more position switches are planned, but that doesn't mean his staff isn't trying to get their hands on some of the Rebels' talented athletes.

"There is a lot of jockeying and recruiting going on with my staff," Orgeron said. "Guys are secretly trying to recruit guys to go to the other side - which is a good thing.

"We'll make all those decisions as we see fit."

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