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SC FOOTBALL: SWITCH SUITS FLETCHER.

Byline: Scott Wolf Daily News Staff Writer

Miguel Fletcher was recruited to USC to play tailback, but he didn't resist a switch to cornerback when it was suggested this spring.

``Faster playing time and more opportunity,'' the Alemany High graduate said.

Fletcher resisted a position change last August but now sees his future as a cornerback.

``I like defense and I like hitting people, too. I'm not afraid to hit at all,'' Fletcher said.

Despite being inexperienced, Fletcher has had some nice moments in spring practice and has caught the eye of USC coach Paul Hackett.

``He can plant his feet and accelerate. Once he makes his mind up, you just watch him go,'' Hackett said. ``He has great catch-up speed.''

Fletcher is also continuing his track career. He ran the 100 meters in 10.4 seconds earlier this season and is hoping to be down around 10.2 when he returns to track in May.

``I think of myself as a track and football player,'' Fletcher said. ``I think I can do both.''

McCullough shines: Running back Sultan McCullough was the star of a mini-scrimmage Thursday, breaking off about a 40-yard touchdown run.

``I think the guy that is making a little bit of a move is Sultan,'' Hackett said. ``Every day he gets a little bit better.''

Nebraska eyes Thomas: Nebraska coaches have asked USC for permission to contact quarterback Jason Thomas, who has decided to transfer. Hackett said about six schools have expressed interest in Thomas.

Also interested is Nevada-Las Vegas, which is coached by former USC coach John Robinson.
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Date:Apr 9, 1999
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