A look at five SEC players who can help their team by moving around between different positions:
1. Barrett Jones, C -- Alabama
Coach Nick Saban compared Jones' versatility to former Houston Oiler/Tennessee Titan Bruce Matthews at SEC media days. That's high praise. Like Matthews, Jones can play every position on the OL. He started out at G, moved to T (where he won the Outland Trophy) and now he's settled in at C for 2012. His combination of size (6-5, 300 pounds) and athleticism make him capable of matching up with speed rushers at tackle, or dealing with 350-pound NTs on the interior.
2. Trey Burton, ATH -- Florida
Florida's official roster lists Burton as a RB, but he can do it all. He has played QB, RB, TE, FB, WR and has appeared on coverage units in his two years on campus. His QB days are likely over, but he could make a cameo as a wildcat option in 2012. His most impressive display of versatility came against Georgia in 2010. He ran 17 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 35 yards, and appeared at QB.
3. Randall Mackey, WR -- Ole Miss
He was a QB out of necessity in 2011, but he will be better used as a WR in 2012. That doesn't mean he will only be running routes. Look for the Rebels to get the ball in his hands however they can, whether that be screens, reverses or using him in the wildcat. The Rebels' spring game was a great example of how they might use him. Mackey threw two passes (both touchdowns), ran the ball and recorded a reception.
4. Wesley Johnson, LT -- Vanderbilt
Like Jones, Johnson can play all five spots on the OL. Perhaps even more impressive, Johnson played C, G and T all in one season in 2011. He will settle in as the Commodores' LT in 2012, but he could easily be moved if injuries occur. Johnson is on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, and has started 25 consecutive games for Vanderbilt.
T-5. Dennis Johnson, RB -- Arkansas & Onterio McCalebb, RB -- Auburn
These two are like Swiss Army knives for their respective teams. Both are threats running, receiving and in the return game. Johnson will play all over the field for Arkansas now that starting RB Knile Davis has returned from injury. He is expected to return kicks, punts, play RB and maybe line up some at WR. He averaged 9.4 yards per play when he touched the ball in 2011.
McCalebb had 338 kick-return yards, 641 rushing yards and 344 receiving yards in 2011. He might not be as versatile in 2012 since he's expected to be the lead RB, but offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler will find ways to be creative with him.
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