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Taking a look at the defensive backs

Two players who primarily played wide receiver are slated to start in Indiana's secondary.

Mitchell Evans is the team's strong safety. He played wide receiver and was IU's wildcat quarterback last year. Evans, a senior, did play safety as a freshman. He had two interceptions in 2007.

Evans' backup is Lawrence Barnett. The Bishop Luers graduate made the move from cornerback late in fall camp. He was redshirted in 2009.

Donnell Jones is the starter at the other safety position. Jones, a junior, started six games and played in nine overall. He missed two because of a hamstring injury and one with an elbow injury. Jones made 30 tackles and had one interception last year. His backup is Lenyatta Kiles, a transfer from Cerritos (Calif.) College. Like Barnett, Kiles was switched from cornerback late in camp.

The other wide receiver who moved to the secondary is Matt Ernest. He and Richard Council are the two starting cornerbacks.

Ernest, a junior, had seven catches in 2009. Adrian Burks is the backup. The senior made 21 tackles last year.

Council has impressed the coaching staff during fall camp. He made 22 tackles and had two pass breakups last year.

Andre Kates, a transfer from ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., is the backup.

"The secondary is a great competition, which is what we set out to do last spring and it has really happened," IU coach Bill Lynch said.

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