Cork Under-21 Michael Shields has been afforded the chance to impress senior manager Billy Morgan as he starts Saturday's floodlit NFL Division 1A tussle with Kerry at Páirc Uí Rinn (throw-in 7.45pm).
The St Finbarr's clubman will man the Rebels' midfield alongside Dermot Hurley. Shields takes over from the injured Nicholas Murphy, whom he replaced during the second half of last weekend's defeat to Offaly.
Murphy damaged his shoulder in Tullamore and misses out.
In Cork's only other change, Carbery's John Hayes returns at right corner-forward in place of youngster Daniel Goulding - Cork's injury-time goal scorer against Offaly.
Hayes sat out last month's McGrath Cup final victory over Kerry and the trip to Tullamore due to a calf muscle injury.
CORK (NFL v Kerry): A Quirke; K O’Connor, G Canty, A Lynch; N O’Leary, G Spillane, S Levis; D Hurley, M Shields; F Gould, C McCarthy, K McMahon; J Hayes, BJ O’Sullivan, K O’Sullivan.