There hasn’t been a lot of breaking news in Arizona’s football camp — not a lot of high-profile position battles or apparently serious injuries — so this will have to do:
C.J. Parish is now playing fullback!
It’s a small transaction and you might be wondering: Who is C.J. Parish?
You’d probably have to be a Wildcat fan of more than modest proportion to know the name. He was a junior college transfer last season from Blinn College in Texas, mostly seeing time on special teams. He had three tackles.
Parish entered camp as a backup to Jake Fischer at strongside linebacker, but second-string there is kind of a dead-end job. Arizona figures to play a lot of nickel coverage, putting in an extra defensive back (hello, Adam Hall) and taking out that linebacker spot.
So, the coaches have experimented with Parish, trying him at middle linebacker and as a pass-rush defensive end, and then they went into more of a mad scientist role and approached him about a week ago about switching sides of the ball.
“I said, ‘I have no problem with that,” Parish said. “When (running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator Seth Littrell) brought me over, it was instant; I liked it because it was physical.”
A fullback was born.