Senior’s position change yields defensive asset
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 00:09
Senior Nate Askew’s transition from wide receiver to outside linebacker has progressed smoothly since the change was initiated last spring. The 6-foot-4-inch 230-pound athlete has settled into his new position, scoring 10 tackles with two for loss and one sack, along with an interception returned for a touchdown.
A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said Askew’s metamorphosis was rooted in his pure athletic ability, a characteristic the coaching staff noticed when they arrived on campus just under two years ago.
“He’s a guy that’s got so much talent,” Sumlin said. “I just hated him standing there next to me during the game and playing all these guys. A guy with that kind of talent, you try to find a way to help your football team and help that guy.”
Throughout the transition, Askew propelled the process by utilizing his offensive knowledge to assist him when reading wide receiver routes or running lanes. The senior linebacker credited his quick learning curve to his motivation to earn playing time and his dedication to the program.
“When I made the transition to linebacker, I was motivated,” Askew said. “I wanted to work hard and I was dedicated to being the best. Being on offense helped me out because I can see things from an offensive perspective while I’m out there on defense as far as formations, route trees and what’s happening.”
Junior wideout Malcome Kennedy said Askew’s transformation has allowed him to contribute to this year’s squad and also develop skills useful at the professional level.
“[Askew] came here as a big-time, big- recruit receiver, and as the years went on he went over to defense,” Kennedy said. “He’s a very athletic guy, he’s way faster than a lot of people give him credit for. A lot of players make that move and they end up going to the league and playing on Sundays.”