At a school known for its baseball program, everyone knows the value of a "utility infielder". On the football field, that guy is DaJuan Manning.
A fifth year senior, the former Gallatin High standout has emerged as one of Cumberlands most valuable players.
Since he arrived on campus Manning has played defensive back, returned kickoffs, seen time at wingback, blocked punts, caught passes and has moved back over to defense as a senior.
"DaJuan has really handled all this pretty well," said CU football coach Dewayne Alexander. "Whenever weve been a little undermanned at a position, DaJuan has been able to step in and take up the slack.
"Hes one of the fastest guys on the team and now that weve got a little depth at wingback, we decided that he could get on the field more in the secondary as kind of our nickel back against these spread offense teams and even a little linebacker if the matchup isright."
Manning has taken all the moves in stride.
"Hes always got a smile on his face, our coaches love him," Alexander said. "Hes one of those kids who is always hanging around the locker room, hes just a pleasure to be around."
CU visits Campbellsville -- Fresh off a 23-1 win at Lindsey Wilson last week, the Bulldogs head back up the road into Kentucky to play at Campbellsville on Saturday.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Finley Stadium with live radio coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 as well as around the world on the Internet at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.
"Campbellsville is a very good football team, well-coached," Alexander said. "Theres a lot of excitement up there and deservedly so."
The Tigers will employ a 3-3 stack defensive front and according to Alexander, "theyll stunt like crazy".
Campbellsville (1-0) is coming off a season-opening 30-14 victory over Union, Ky. last week.
By TOMMY BRYAN / firstname.lastname@example.org