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Kaepernick’s college coach: “He could’ve been a great free safety”

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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.

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23 Responses to “Kaepernick’s college coach: “He could’ve been a great free safety””
  1. JackAcid says: Jan 29, 2013 4:19 PM

    He was also drafted by the Cubs to pitch.

  2. donjuan2oo6 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:20 PM

    Well thank god he’s a quarterback..

  3. rockthered1286 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:20 PM

    I can tell you one thing for sure- he’s about to get owned by the BEST FS to ever play the game. Youngin has never had to face Reed and is liable to not give him the respect that Brady and Peyton did (and Luck, via former Ravens DC Pagano’s advice).

    #20 is already licking his chops…

  4. hadjiali says: Jan 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    Staley a TE? Kap a safety? Next we’ll find out Alex Smith was really supposed to be a nose tackle.

  5. crs334 says: Jan 29, 2013 4:23 PM

    He’s okay at QB too

  6. generalherald says: Jan 29, 2013 4:24 PM

    His scrambles look good, but if it were a safety probably not so much.

  7. EJ says: Jan 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    Kaepernick will do alright finishing off this 49er SuperBowl run. Come next season, when the Offense loses a few of those key players(No NFL Champion has been able to hold on to all of its stars) everyone will see the true Kaepernick. He is Tim Tebow with a little better pass accuracy. Harbaugh jumped into this kid too fast. The 49ers have some of the best, if not the best personnel in the game. All those key components = Championship.

  8. cadub49er says: Jan 29, 2013 4:34 PM

    With Ault stepping down at Nevada but saying he’s not retiring from football, I wonder if he moves in as Niner offensive coordinator if Greg Roman leaves……

  9. JackAcid says: Jan 29, 2013 4:42 PM

    rockthered1286 says:
    Jan 29, 2013 4:20 PM
    I can tell you one thing for sure- he’s about to get owned by the BEST FS to ever play the game. Youngin has never had to face Reed and is liable to not give him the respect that Brady and Peyton did (and Luck, via former Ravens DC Pagano’s advice).

    #20 is already licking his chops…

    ——————————-

    A) Ronnie Lott retired years ago, get your facts straight.

    B) Kaepernick is looking forward to facing your aged defense too.

    C) Kaepernick has thrown 4 INTs this year; and has lead the Niners to a TD on the next drive all 4 times.

    So yes, please pick off as many passes as you want. If history is an indicator, it only makes Kaep stronger.

  10. thestillcity says: Jan 29, 2013 4:55 PM

    “I can tell you one thing for sure- he’s about to get owned by the BEST FS to ever play the game.

    #20 is already licking his chops…”

    * * *

    Uh, Ronnie Lott wore number 42, and I’m pretty sure he’s not coming out of retirement to play for the Ravens. I mean, let the man be; it’s hard enough having to carry all those Super Bowl rings around.

  11. buttfumblesports says: Jan 29, 2013 5:01 PM

    rockthered1286 says:
    Jan 29, 2013 4:20 PM
    I can tell you one thing for sure- he’s about to get owned by the BEST FS to ever play the game. Youngin has never had to face Reed and is liable to not give him the respect that Brady and Peyton did (and Luck, via former Ravens DC Pagano’s advice).

    #20 is already licking his chops…
    ——————

    Was he also licking his chops when he did that bad rendition of “Two Tickets to Paradise” at the rally that seemed very close to them acting like they already won the game?

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 29, 2013 5:10 PM

    Instead he became a mediocre free spirit.

  13. sixjak says: Jan 29, 2013 5:13 PM

    Rockthered, don’t be too dissapointed when absolutely none of your bold predictions come to pass and the game turns out nothing like you’re hoping it will.

  14. ravensforthewin52 says: Jan 29, 2013 5:31 PM

    This is going to be a great game. I’m excited to see Kaepernick’s style against our defense.

  15. wrenches2pipes says: Jan 29, 2013 5:34 PM

    Will Kap be the first runner QB to win it? Will he run, or will he pass ? Should be fun to watch.

  16. 2hi2cu says: Jan 29, 2013 5:53 PM

    And Jamarcus Russell would have been a great Offensive Guard…..

  17. rusty1111 says: Jan 29, 2013 6:03 PM

    Kaepernick will do alright finishing off this 49er SuperBowl run. Come next season, when the Offense loses a few of those key players(No NFL Champion has been able to hold on to all of its stars) everyone will see the true Kaepernick. He is Tim Tebow with a little better pass accuracy. Harbaugh jumped into this kid too fast. The 49ers have some of the best, if not the best personnel in the game. All those key components = Championship.

    ***

    To think that Tim Tebow and Kaepernick are even close as quarterbacks is completely ridiculous. You obviously didn’t watch Tebow play last year cause you would realize he can’t read a defense to save his life and can’t sling it at all. No I am not a 49ers fan.

  18. 1buckeye76 says: Jan 29, 2013 6:21 PM

    Tebow would be a good fullback.

  19. rockthered1286 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:56 PM

    Wow a ton of Ravens haters?? Go figure. Ill address you all at once:

    #1- I’d venture to guess none of you were old enough to watch Lott play and base your opinion solely on what you’ve heard. Reed is THE BEST ballhawks to ever play the game. Hands down. Ask the record books.
    #2-They also said the Ravens would get destroyed by Denver and New England. But here we are.
    #3- @acidjack you can’t use “history shows us” as an indicator for a guy who has played half a season. History also shows us Alex smith beat him out in training camp and Harbs wasn’t confident in CK entering this season right??

  20. jerryyouradisgrace says: Jan 29, 2013 8:22 PM

    best ever safety…maybe statically…but I would take Ronny lott or Jack Tatum…those guys would separate the ball from any receiver like they wanted to kill them. Old school NFL, not paddy cake football.

  21. cosmicduster says: Jan 29, 2013 8:50 PM

    That’s where Mack Brown would have played him.

  22. rockthered1286 says: Jan 29, 2013 10:44 PM

    So Lott played tough noses football and popped guys and that is highly praised but Pollard does it and he’s dirty right? Fair to say if Lott played under today’s rules he would be far less effective than he was in his day…

  23. 85pmart says: Feb 1, 2013 7:28 AM

    Colin seems to excel in BIG games, the Super Bowl is a BIG game. Here’s the deal for Sunday: Kaepernick knows how to neutralize the defense, stand in the pocket for 12 seconds, until every defender is running around looking to cover somebody, then smile at the open field on which Colin Kaepernick runs runs runs for a record 264 yards. Forget about his passing TD’s, they’ll account for only 3 TD’s, while running will produce 5 TD’s for the winning quarterback, Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49′ers. Got it? (bye ray)

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