Stanford moves receiver Whitfield to safety

Stanford moves receiver Whitfield to safety
February 19, 2014, 2:45 pm
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In his two-year college career, Kodi Whitfield has 18 receptions for 183 yards and one touchdown. (AP)

When Spring Football starts in five days, Stanford will have former wide receiver Kodi Whitfield and former quarterback Dallas Lloyd switch to defense, as both will play safety.

Whitfield's switch to defense was announced on Stanford's official twitter page Tuesday, while the intention for Lloyd to switch sides came out in December.

Kodi Whitfield, son of former NFL All-Pro tackle Bob Whitfield, was the team's third-leading receiver last season, as he caught 16 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown. That touchdown might have been the play of the year in college football. In the third quarter against the then-ranked No. 9 UCLA Bruins, tied at three, on second and 19 from the Bruins' 31-yard line, quarterback Kevin Hogan threw to Whitfield down the seam. Whitfield grabbed the ball one-handed, fully outstretched in between two defenders for the touchdown. The Cardinal eventually won 24-10.

Stanford returns four of its top six receivers, including Ty Montgomery and Devon Cajuste, whom combined to account for 89 receptions and 15 receiving touchdowns. Francis Owusu, brother of NFL receiver Chris, also returns as the only true freshman to receive playing time last season.

At safety, the Cardinal lost redshirt-junior Ed Reynolds who declared for the draft. Reynolds was third on the team with 87 tackles and earned Pac-12 first-team honors for the second consecutive year.

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