Alabama's Scott moving to defensive back

February, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

It looks like Alabama will find some defensive back help next season from the offensive side of the ball.

B.J. Scott is moving from receiver to the secondary and will practice there in the spring, his high school coach tells Gentry Estes of The Mobile Press-Register.

Scott, who played sparingly last season at receiver and caught only two passes, could fit in several different places in the Alabama secondary. The Crimson Tide are looking for safety help now that Rashad Johnson is gone, but Scott could also get a look at cornerback or nickel back.

When the 5-11, 188-pound Scott signed with Alabama last year as a highly rated prospect out of Prichard, Ala., Alabama coach Nick Saban said at the time that Scott was talented enough to play on both sides of the ball. He did it in high school and was rated by Scouts Inc. last year as the No. 1 athlete in the country.

So it's not a huge surprise that Scott is moving. The Tide lack depth in the secondary, and Saban said on signing day that they could have used one more defensive back.

Scott is apparently that guy.

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