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February 5, 2014
Bordner to Try WR
As part of Wednesday's signing day teleconference, Steve Addazio was talking up new quarterbacks Tyler Murphy and Darius Wade and said that they and James Walsh would receive the "motherload" of the snaps in spring practice. That led to the next obvious question of where that puts last year's backup quarterback Josh Bordner.
"Josh is a guy that can play quarterback but right now we are looking at him as big wide receiver," explained Addazio. "Josh was a great basketball player in high school. He is really tough, really smart, and has got unbelievable ball skills and hands. He can fill that hybrid big receiver role a little bit. We are looking at him there right now. I love what he brings to the table. He is too big and good an athlete and he'll be on the field for us. We are going to look at him in a lot of different roles, and one of those roles could be quarterback."
So how did Bordner take the news that he won't be playing quarterback at least in the spring?
"He wants to play. He doesn't want to carry a clipboard and stand on the sidelines .He's a competitor. He was like 'Coach I want to get on the field and I want to play ball. I know I can make our team better'. I'm so impressed with him because I love guys who are unselfish competitive guys that love ball. That's Josh. You know what? If he ends up in a quarterback role then he ends up in a quarterback role," said Addazio.
Addazio said that Bordner will practice as a "hybrid" receiver, similar to the role that Brian Miller played last year. Bordner will be responsible for blocking on the edges, the perimeter, and the inside like Miller did. Also, the BC staff sees Bordner as a weapon downfield in the passing game.
"He's a mismatch for the corners. When that ball is up in the air he goes up and gets it with strong hands. I really feel like that's something we need at BC is that big receiver, or that big tight end that can stretch the field. Those guys are very, very valuable because they get mismatched on these corners that can keep up with them but they can't go up and make the play on the ball," said Addazio.
Addazio concluded by saying that moving Bordner to receiver wasn't something that he thought of on a whim. There were actually times last year when the staff wanted to use Bordner at a position other than quarterback.
"He belongs on the football field. It's our job to find that right spot for him. Last year there were so many times that I wanted him on special teams. I couldn't do it because he was our backup and if he got hurt I was scared to death if Chase got what would we do if he got hurt too. It was a mistake because he could've helped us," said Addazio.
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