Some people wanted Jay Jay McCullough as a running back.
Some as a wide receiver.
Chad Morris had another idea; and though he had never really played the position, McCullough liked what he heard from Morris about playing tight end, or something like that, for the Tigers.
After a long redshirt year that tested his patience at times, McCullough made his debut for the Tigers last week against South Carolina State.
He's confident he'll see the field again soon, as part of a deep and versatile group of tight ends that man both the traditional and hybrid 'three-back' roles in Morris' offense.
"Right now, I feel like every one of us can be in the rotation," said McCullough. "In our offense, there's a lot of stuff going on, and a lot of stuff that needs to get done. We can keep fresh legs and speed out there all the time."
"Sam's gotten better a running his routes, but he's still more of a true blocking tight end," McCullough said. "Then we have Stanton Seckinger, who's more of a route-runner who's learning the blocking part. Jordan Leggett played wide receiver in high school, and he's not got all the blocking down yet, but he's another route runner.
"I can see myself lining up anywhere. I'm good at taking quick balls. I'd love to catch screens and things like that. We all bring something different, but the main thing is speed."
When Morris described his offense, McCullough said he saw himself in a Dwayne Allen-type role.
"I could just see myself fitting into this offense," he said. "Lined up at the three-back, which is a tight end or wing, linebackers have to cover you. I believe I had an advantage over the linebacker - they're pretty easy to get by."
McCullough said Allen helped him realize the benefit of his redshirt year.
"I talked to Dwayne all the time about that kind of stuff," McCullough said. "He redshirted his freshman year, and he told me how much redshirting helped him. Watching from the sidelines helps you see things better.
"But being out there again feels really good. It had been a whole year, and I was itching for that. When you're waiting, you're always thinking about what you could be doing if you were out there."
McCullough doesn't want to get ahead of himself, but that hasn't stopped him from reminding Morris that the once talked about the three-back being a rushing-game option.
"He's not really put that in yet," McCullough said. "But I keep reminding him, saying sly stuff like 'you want to let me run the ball?'
"I'd really like to run the ball, in short-yardage at least."