When the Stanford football team begins spring practice next Monday, wide receiver Kodi Whitfield, who made perhaps the catch of the year during a win over UCLA, will find himself playing free safety.
The change was announced by a tweet from @StanfordFball, which is the football program's official Twitter account.
Whitfield was the team's third-leading receiver last season, catching 16 passes for 170 yards, including a circus touchdown grab in the 24-10 victory over the Bruins. But four of the Cardinal's top six receivers return, including Ty Montgomery and Devon Cajuste, the team's top two pass-catchers. They combined for 89 receptions last season, 61 by Montgomery.
In addition to Montgomery and Cajuste, Stanford returns Jordan Pratt and Michael Rector. Receiver Francis Owusu, the only true freshman to play last season for the Cardinal, adds to Stanford's depth at wideout.
Whitfield, a sophomore and the son of former Cardinal offensive line great Bob Whitfield, has outstanding size for a free safety at 6-foot-2, 196 pounds. Also going over to the secondary will be former quarterback Dallas Lloyd.