Mike London hopes Fells-Danzer example becomes infectious
When it became clear last spring that the fullback position was going to be a significant component of the pro-style offense Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor was implementing, Terence Fells-Danzer approached first-year Coach Mike London and asked for the opportunity to switch positions.
Fell-Danzer -- listed at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds -- previously had been a linebacker in the 3-4 base defensive scheme used under former Coach Al Groh and wanted to take a shot at playing fullback.
The transition has worked out quite nicely for Fells-Danzer and the Cavaliers thus far. On Saturday, Fells-Danzer -- a redshirt junior -- caught a three-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against Eastern Michigan and later returned a pooched kickoff 70 yards for another touchdown. Named the ACC's Specialist of the Week on Monday, Fells-Danzer is an integral special teams member and serves as the No. 2 fullback behind redshirt junior Max Milien.
"He can run, he can catch coming out of the backfield and he's 220-something-plus pounds where he can block," London said Monday. "That's a fullback when you draw one up. Plus, he adds special teams value ... He had some success (Saturday), and those are the type of things that, when a player has a little bit of success, play-by-play, game-by-game, that hopefully it becomes contagious to other players.
"And that's what we've got to do. We've got to try to put a string together of successful plays, which will lead to successful games, which leads to winning games, which leads to turning things around."
| October 26, 2010; 7:38 AM ET
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