It’s not clear how long Commings, who started nine games at cornerback in 2010, will remain at safety.
But with Bacarri Rambo (MCL sprain), Jakar Hamilton (concussion) and Marc Deas (hamstring) all out with injuries, Commings’ move was almost mandatory just to get through practices.
“What we have pretty much right now is the walk-ons and Shawn Williams is the only safety that we have,” Deas, a redshirt freshman, said.
Williams, a junior who made three starts last season, is technically the last man standing at a position that has seen Alec Ogletree moved to linebacker and the rest hampered by injuries this spring.
“We need a lot of guys to step up,” Deas said.
For now, that guy is Commings. He was moved to safety on Tuesday, taking him away from the corner position where he had three interceptions from last season.
“Sanders is a pretty big dude for a corner,” Deas said. “He’s about close to 220, so that’s pretty big for a corner…He’s been doing pretty good. I think he’s adjusted pretty well with that.”
“It’s not that difficult when you’re running the same plays,” Deas continued. “When you’re playing back there, you’ve got to know everybody’s position and stuff. The name of the calls that we call when we have to read the offense—they haven’t changed. So, he still has a feeling for what other people have to do.”
Rambo will miss the rest of spring practice. Deas and Hamilton could return as early as next week. What happens with Commings when the position reloads is up in the air.
“I’m not sure of that yet,” Deas said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll find out after the big G-Day. See how he does at that position and if they like him there.”
Commings, Hamilton and Rambo were unavailable for comment following Thursday’s practice.