February 15, 2014

Darion Monroe moves to nickel position

Darion Monroe is moving closer to the line of scrimmage.

After starting at free safety for all but the first two games of his Tulane career, when he lined up at cornerback, Monroe played nickelback in the Green Wave's practice on Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The change came as a result of a serious knee injury to projected starting nickelback Jarrod Franklin, who was overheard Friday saying he had torn his ACL and MCL in a practice earlier in the week.

"I played nickel a lot until Devon (Walker) got hurt (against Tulsa in week 2 of 2012) and I moved to safety," Monroe said. "I was teaching Jarrod the way to do it anyway, and so when he got hurt, they just threw me in there so it was already learned."

True sophomore Leonard Davis, who played in all 13 games last year and made five tackles, replaced Monroe at free safety.

"Leonard Davis brightens your eyes up, he's playing well," coach Curtis Johnson said. It's hard for me to keep Leonard Davis on the bench. He's playing fantastic. Leonard can run. He's a fast kid so I like the spots both of those guys are in.

"I think the move was going to be made anyway because I think he (Monroe) is a great blitzer, he's a short area cover guy."

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