Vandals trying WR Runner on defense, too

Coach Paul Petrino is giving Roman Runner a look at defensive back.

LEWISTON TRIBUNEAugust 16, 2013 

MOSCOW — As wide receiver Roman Runner lined up near the line of scrimmage, he could hear someone shouting instructions behind him.

“Move up. A little more. Loosen up. There ya go.”

The whistle blew and Runner quickly backpedaled before being picked up and blocked on a short pass completed just to his left.

It was a different perspective for the senior wideout — and one that he may have to get used to this season.

Plugged in at cornerback with the second and third defensive units, Runner, who compiled 218 yards on 18 catches in 2012, got a good look at what could very well become a second position — making him Idaho’s first two-way player in quite some time.

“When we’ve had two-a-days, in the afternoon he’s been working with the defensive backs and it’s just something that — when we do special teams and it’s gunners against the guys holding them up, he was one of the best press guys we had,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said after a practice this week. “We better get him over (to the defensive side of the ball) and have him work. He might have to play both sides of the ball a little bit.”

• The Vandals will hold their second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday morning.

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