Midseason moves: Banks to linebacker, Fils-aime to running back

Midseason moves: Banks to linebacker, Fils-aime to running back

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Midseason moves: Banks to linebacker, Fils-aime to running back

Jeremy Banks

Jeremy Banks, Photo by Dan Harralson, Vols Wire

KNOXVILLE – With running back Jeremy Banks making the move to linebacker ahead of the South Carolina game, defensive back Carlin Fils-aime will return to running back.

Fils-aime has rushed for 273 yards on 45 attempts and scored four touchdowns in the prior two seasons at UT.

Jeremy Pruitt addressed the position changes before taking on South Carolina.

“I think if we’re going to move Jeremy (Banks) to linebacker we need to have a fourth running back and Carlin is a guy that played snaps here before,” Pruitt said. “He’s (Fils-aime) a fast guy. He’s got good change of direction, so just trying to manage the roster and create possibilities for everybody.”

Pruitt discussed the transition for both players moving on opposite sides of the ball during the middle of the season.

“It’s tough to transition during the middle of the year,” Pruitt said. “It’s something that you’d probably want to do maybe during an off week, or you would really never want to do it, but both guys have a lot of football ahead of them. Carlin has worked really hard at being a defensive back and I think that he feels more natural playing running back. Just like with him and Jeremy, I would never move a guy unless that’s what they wanted to do.

“After a couple years, you know hey, if it wasn’t working out for them and we said, ‘hey, maybe we think you might be better (here)’, but it’s not going to do us any good as a program if we move guys to positions they don’t want to play. Both of those moves were really instigated by the players.”

Banks’ high school defensive coordinator Robert Jacques discussed with Vols Wire of him having discussions playing linebacker last season.

Jacques on Banks at linebacker can be read here.

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