Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio announced Friday that Emmanuel Flowers and Austin Andrews would be switching from defensive positions to offense. Flowers will move from cornerback to wide receiver, and Andrews will move from safety to running back.
Mark Dantonio said Emmanuel Flowers moved to WR, Austin Andrews to RB.
— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) March 23, 2018
Neither player was particularly entrenched at their previous positions at Michigan State. Flowers, a 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite, was a redshirt freshman in 2017. He was named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week for the team’s Bowling Green game.
Andrews, also a 3-star recruit per the 247Sports composite, redshirted in 2016. He made one appearance in 2017, recording one tackle in the Spartans’ 35-10 win over Bowling Green on Sept. 2.
Michigan State held its pro day on Friday, and former running back Gerald Holmes made an impression in the broad jump. Flowers and Andrews won’t have to think about their draft stock for many years, but perhaps the position changes will put them in better spots to expand their roles with the Spartans.