Tennessee coaches moved junior wide receiver Vincent Dallas to cornerback on Monday, helping to shore up depth in an increasingly thin unit.
Freshman safety Jalen Reeves-Maybin also worked at outside linebacker on Monday.
Coaches cautioned that both moves were experimental and that coach Butch Jones would have final say on all personnel matters. (Jones isn't scheduled to speak to the media until Tuesday.)
The move of Dallas could have been prompted by an injury to Riyahd Jones, a junior college cornerback who arrived this spring and was competing for the starting job. Jones watched practice on crutches. Coaches deferred comment on the injury to the head coach.
Dallas was a reserve receiver as a freshman in 2011 before switching to defensive back last summer. He moved back to receiver in late August, just before the start of the season. He caught nine passes for 149 yards.
Defensive coordinator John Jancek said Dallas was "more than willing" to make the move.
Coaches were more cautious in commenting about Reeves-Maybin, a well-regarded athlete coming out of high school who arrived early at UT but missed spring ball because of an injury. Many thought that Reeves-Maybin might eventually move to linebacker in 2014, when he grows into the role. But coaches are apparently playing around with the idea in 2013.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.