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D’shawn Jamison training for move back to defense

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After a year at wide receiver, the former Houston Lamar standout may return to cornerback in 2019.

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Is the offensive career of D’shawn Jamison over?

With the Sugar Bowl now in the rearview mirror and some time until Texas Longhorns players report back to Austin for winter conditioning, Jamison is in Houston going through defensive back drills:

The caption makes it sound like the move is already official, but Jamison is still listed as a wide receiver/defensive back by Texas, so it’s possible that he could practice on both sides of the ball this season.

Jamison, a 5’10, 180-pounder, spent his freshman season playing wide receiver in addition to his duties on special teams even though he was recruited as a cornerback. The move didn’t particularly pay off, as Jamison never quite found his footing on offense — he finished with four carries for eight yards and four receptions for five yards. His early-season efforts largely resulted in large amounts of lost yardage.

On special teams, Jamison was certainly more effective, as he had a key 90-yard punt return for a touchdown against Kansas State and averaged 20.2 yards on kick returns.

With All-American Jordan Whittington arriving as an early enrollee, sophomore Joshua Moore set to return from shoulder surgery, and Gatorade National Player of the Year Jake Smith enrolling in May, Texas will have plenty of depth at the slot receiver position this fall, even with the departure of Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the NFL.

At cornerback, however, the Longhorns don’t have as much experience, and both starting cornerbacks, Kris Boyd and Davante Davis, have exhausted their eligibility, along with starting nickel back PJ Locke III. The loss of Locke is especially notable in regards to Jamison, as the former Under Armour All-American was originally recruited to play that position.

Over Jamison’s final two seasons at Lamar, he recorded five interceptions and eight pass breakups combined, which ultimately resulted in a No. 115 ranking nationally and No. 15 ranking among all cornerbacks, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.