Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/27/12
Damien Holmes has always taken pride in being a smart player. One of his smartest moves of the offseason came away from the field. When Jim Mora was named the Bruins new head coach, it got Holmes to thinking. Knowing there was a chance UCLA would be switching to a 3-4 defense with Mora at the helm, Holmes saw it as a possibility to switch positions from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker. With that in mind, he marched to Mora's office to chat with his new head coach. "I figured we were going to go to (a) 3-4 so I wanted to talk to the coaches about a switch," Holmes said. "As I walked up there, before I said anything, they said they wanted to talk to me and that's when they made the switch." It was a mutual decision that so far has paid dividends for Holmes and the Bruins defensively. He's made the adjustment quite well. Mora didn't know much about Holmes, who registered 32 tackles, including six for loss in 2011 as a defensive end, when he took the job. Al...
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