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Badgers Farrar welcomes position change

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- The spring season is the first bit of action for next year's Badgers football team. Around this time, it's not uncommon to see coaches plug players in new positions.

Such is the case for junior Arrington Farrar.

The Georgia native came to Wisconsin as a safety, but now he's moving closer to the ball as an inside linebacker.
The reason for the move? He's too big to be effective in the backfield. 
At 6 foot 2, 230 pounds, Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard says it would be too hard to lose and keep the weight off. Farrar admits he was shocked at first, but mainly because of which spot they moved him to.

"So when I heard inside linebacker. I was a little shook, " Farrar said after Thursday's practice. "You know Charlie Brown where the parents go "wah, wah, wah, wah"? Like he said "inside linebacker" and that's what I heard for the next minute or so. Then I came out of it and explained it to me and I was like alright, sounds good. Sounds like I'll fit there."

As for his experience in the position, it's been a minute for the junior. His only experience at inside linebacker was in the 4th grade, but he admitted he won team MVP that year as well. So even though it's been years, he thinks the adjustment won't be too tough. 

"You know I'm pretty athletic but you can't really do too much at 230 pounds playing safety, " Farrar admitted. "Come down in the box, you know you're playing with 300 pounders. I'm quicker than people so it's like my skill set it matches on things I can do. A lot more stuff at inside linebacker that I was limited to doing at safety."

The Badgers play their annual Spring Game at Camp Randall Stadium on Friday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m.

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