With video: Dennis Norfleet will play some cornerback in Outback Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. -- Brady Hoke said before Michigan left for Florida that converted cornerback Dennis Norfleet could play his way onto the field.
The freshman appears to have made his case.
Hoke said after Thursday's practice at Tampa's Jesuit High School that Norfleet, who began the year at tailback, has earned playing time for Tuesday's Outback Bowl matchup against No. 11 South Carolina (10-2).
"He'll play some,"
Norfleet started every game at kick returner this year for Michigan, ranking third in the Big Ten, but received only two carries on offense. He was moved to cornerback after the regular-season finale.
If he does emerge as a viable option, it would help alleviate depth issues in the defensive backfield after the suspension of starting corner J.T. Floyd.
"He’s doing all right," Hoke said. "I’d like for him, now and then, to keep his eyes on his receiver instead of in the backfield, but I could say that about a bunch of corners.
"But he’s doing a good job."
Hoke has said junior Courtney Avery is the leader to start for Floyd at cornerback. Raymon Taylor is the other starter.
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