Meet Mr. Versatility

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

What do Stanford Samuels, Donnavan Carter, Shawn Gallant, John Sullivan, Kyries Hebert, Eric Wilson, Jermese Jones, Matt Sheridan, Gabriel Fulbright, Marc Parenteau, Aaron Fiacconi, Ron Ockimey, Mike Abou-Mechrek, Robert Bean and Val St. Germain have in common?

They have all played or practised different positions for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season.

Now, most of these multifaceted individuals moved only to another spot within their overall position (from right tackle to right guard, for example), but some made major switches (like, say, from defensive back to linebacker).

None, however, made a major move, had only 46 hours to do it and didn't take a single snap at his new position in practice.

Step right up Kelly Malveaux, because you are Winnipeg's official Mr. Versatility.

Here's a look at how Malveaux went from defensive halfback to weakside (or SAM) linebacker and helped the Bombers score an important 17-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday:

FRIDAY

12:30 p.m.: Weak-side linebacker Ike Charlton pulls his quadriceps muscle on a harmless run during practice.

12:45 p.m.: Defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall tells Malveaux he's going to be playing weak-side linebacker -- for the first time in his life -- on Sunday, or 46 hours from now.

2:30 p.m.: Starts watching game film at home.

6 p.m.: More film.

9:30 p.m.: More film. "I only put in about 30 minutes at a time. My ADD kicks in once I starting going too long. I don't have ADD, but I'm self-diagnosed."

SATURDAY

10:50 a.m.: Malveaux calls Marshall over during the team flight to go over a few more details about playing linebacker.

3 p.m.: Marshall leads a meeting of the defence at the team hotel, and at the end of it Malveaux learns that being versatile means you don't really belong. "Once we broke I heard coach Marshall say 'I need to see the linebackers -- and Kelly.' "

The linebacking unit meets for another 10 minutes, where the game plan is simplified somewhat for Malveaux's sake. "I was pretty secure. All my questions got answered in that meeting."

10 p.m.: Thanks to his personal DVD player, Malveaux watches film one last time. "I gave myself about 15 minutes and then went to bed. I don't want to be thinking about it too much."

SUNDAY

8:30 a.m.: Chapel, but he doesn't ask for any extra help. "No extra praying. God's favour is going to shine on me regardless."

1:40 p.m.: Malveaux realizes, just before Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo is about to take a snap, that he is badly out of position.

"They had four receivers and a tight end and a back," he said. "I was supposed to be covering the receiver at the time, and I was in the box. So I scrambled out to my receiver late in the down."

No harm done.

3 p.m.: The game is close, but Malveaux is feeling comfortable in his new digs.

"I did a lot of covering, but I was in the box a little more than I anticipated. Coach Marshall had told me that was going to probably be their change once they realized I was in the box. And they did. They ran a lot more two-back and two tight-end sets to keep me closer to the box."

4 p.m.: The Bombers escape with a 17-14 win. Als running back Robert Edwards manages just 67 rushing yards, and the Als offence is limited to only 263 yards of total offence. Malveaux records two tackles.

"I felt confident. We had a win, and I felt I had played a solid game, so it was good. Not bad for a little man."

Midnight: Arrives home to find seven-month-old son, Seneca Thomas, wide awake.

"I played with him for a little while, and then I took it on down and went to sleep."

Versatility, after all, is quite exhausting.


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