Jeremy Banks to LB: 'We always had that talk he could play either running back or linebacker'

Jeremy Banks to LB: 'We always had that talk he could play either running back or linebacker'

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Jeremy Banks to LB: 'We always had that talk he could play either running back or linebacker'

KNOXVILLE — Freshman running back Jeremy Banks has made a move to linebacker ahead of Tennessee’s Week 9 game at South Carolina.

Banks has rushed for 161 yards and scored three touchdowns on 41 attempts this season.

Banks committed to Tennessee after playing at in-state Cordova High School. Robert Jacques served as Cordova’s defensive coordinator in Banks’ senior 2017 season under head coach Anthony Jones, Jr.

Jones Jr. was hired to the University of Memphis’ coaching staff as running backs coach this season. Jacques now serves as Cordova’s safeties coach in 2018.

Jacques discussed Banks making the move to linebacker with Vols Wire.

“He didn’t play linebacker last year for us, but not that he couldn’t,” Jacques said. “He was just a dynamic player.”

The discussion did take place of having Banks play linebacker at Cordova.

“There was an argument to play him on defense, but he was such a game-changer at running back,” Jacques said. “He’s hard-nosed. We always had that talk he could play either running back or linebacker and there was not a need to move him because our linebacker core was strong.”

Whether Banks plays at middle linebacker or outside linebacker for Tennessee, Jacques says “it is probably too early to tell.”

One element of playing linebacker that Banks will need to pickup on is being able to back peddle.

Jacques says that back peddling “is something that he really never had to do but can pick up on it.”

“I think he will make that transition well to linebacker,” he said. “His body can handle either outside or middle linebacker and could be a hybrid.”

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