Ashton Preston never imagined his role on the field changing once he arrived at North Texas last season.
The Oklahoma native had played cornerback his entire football career, and he was pretty good at it. One recruiting service rated Preston as the second-best player at the position in Oklahoma during his senior season.
The speed and agility Preston showed back then are helping the sophomore thrive after an unexpected offseason move to nickelback.
Preston was listed as co-starter with converted linebacker Calvin Minor at the nickel spot following spring practice. He has continued to excel at the position in...