A position switch for LoVante Battle
Since the conclusion of spring practice, sophomore LoVante Battle has switched positions and will play this season as a weak-side linebacker, Virginia Coach Mike London said Wednesday. Battle previously had played strong safety.
"Mother Nature kind of took over with all the lifting and running and he kind of bulked up a little bit," London said. "That’s the whole premise of moving safeties to outside linebackers and outside to inside and inside to defensive end and so forth."
Battle played in seven games on special teams last season. In addition to participating in spring practice for the football team, he also competed for Virginia's track and field squad.
He is listed at 5-foot-10, 195 lbs., though judging by London's comments, Battle likely is carrying around at least a little more weight these days. A team spokesman said the players will be weighed Thursday and that new individual weights will be listed on the rosters handed out Friday at the start of training camp.
August 4, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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