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Air Force begins spring with changes

8/4/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Air Force opened camp on Monday and several players we're surprised with position changes.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, senior Luke Hyder and junior quarterback Ben Cochran both moved to safety.

Hyder played "Z" receiver last season and was a backup tailback on the depth chart heading into fall camp.

Hyder has been floating across the line of scrimmage since he arrived on campus. In 2006, he was a backup tailback and at the start of the 2007 season he was at strong safety. He played in all 13 games as a backup at strong safety.

"There's a chance I bump back over [to offense]," Hyder told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "Our depth at tailback right now is kind of nonexistent. I told coach [Troy Calhoun], I can come over, learn all this and if he wants to throw me back over in two weeks ... it's not something I'd really have to re-learn."

Cochran spent the spring taking first-team reps with Connor Dietz while the two top quarterbacks -- Tim Jefferson and Asher Clark -- missed most of the spring with academics and injuries respectively. However, neither Cochran nor Dietz did enough in the spring to warrant a jump over either Jefferson or Clark.