49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of the biggest stars of this year’s Super Bowl, but he didn’t always look headed for that. Kaepernick’s college coach at Nevada, Chris Ault, contemplated moving Kaepernick to defense.
“I thought to myself, ‘If he can’t play quarterback, he looks like he’s a good enough athlete that he could play free safety or wide receiver,” Ault told FOX Sports Radio, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “At that time, Kap was maybe 6-foot-4, about 183 pounds. Built like a fork.
“He could’ve been a great free safety, without question. And you know, his freshman redshirt year, he was okay. There was nothing that told us he was a special athlete. He threw sidearm a little bit. He’s a great pitcher and he had that little pitching motion from the sidearm. We had to try to push that thing up.
“So he was just a really good athlete. But boy, would he have been a heck of a free safety.”
Good thing Ault never tried.