Vereen, Alipate to switch positions

Dane Mizutani

Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill spoke to members of the media Wednesday at his press conference before the start of spring practice and confirmed two notable position changes for the upcoming football season.

Brock Vereen will move from cornerback to safety and Moses Alipate will move from quarterback to tight end starting Thursday.

Vereen started at cornerback in all 12 games last season and recorded 67 tackles (46 solo, 21 assisted), 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.

Alipate was a three-star recruit out of high school, according to, but is yet to see the field as a quarterback with the Gophers. He is up to 290 pounds now and Kill said he is in much better shape.

Minnesota will open up spring practice Thursday at the Gibson-Nagurski Complex and will practice for a month before the annual Spring Game on April 21.