HUNTINGTON - Conelius Jones' conversion from quarterback to wide receiver Wednesday had more to do with an incomplete roster than his incomplete passes.
Jones, a 6-foot-2 true freshman from Spartansburg, S.C., traded in his red QB jersey for a plain green one and joined the wide receivers for the fifth day of Marshall's spring football drills at Edwards Stadium.
He made a few catches and shook a few defenders, but mostly spent the afternoon session learning where to line up on offense.
"It's a shame we had to move him as early as we did," Herd offensive coordinator Bill Legg said. "I'd have like to have given him more time to find out exactly what he could or couldn't do at quarterback. We just have so many kids down right now and he's such a good athlete."
Including Jones, Marshall had just four receivers who either didn't sit out or didn't sport a blue jersey, which designates those who are injured but still able to participate. Jones, sophomore Jermaine Kelson, senior Troy Evans and walk-on freshman Dameon Garrett were the only completely healthy wideouts.
Senior Wayne Bonner and freshman Jazz King practiced in blue jerseys.
So Jones, who spent the past three days competing with sophomore quarterbacks A.J. Graham and Eddie Sullivan, received plenty of looks at a position that has been decimated by injuries this spring.
"I'm anxious to look at the tape because it look like he made a couple plays," Marshall Coach Doc Holliday said of Jones, who was once committed to play quarterback for Rich Rodriguez at Michigan. "We had to get somebody there to even practice.
"I don't know if it's permanent or not. We'll take a look at the film and see if he can help us there or not."
Jones spent most of the practice at the outside receiver positions, and even took the field with the first-team offense during 11-on-11s. Bonner lined up opposite of Jones with Evans in the slot.
"I think it went all right for the first day," Jones said. "I still got a lot to learn. I'm just glad to be doing something to help the team."
Jones said the last time he was clocked in the 40-yard dash, he ran a 4.46.