It appears Jeremy Pruitt will be putting his stamp on the Tennessee football program this spring.
The Volunteer coach announced Friday that several of his players will be getting looks at other positions this spring. Most notably, in a move that has been speculated for some time, receiver Tyler Byrd will flip to defensive back and he’s bringing his former high school teammate with him to the other side of the ball.
Running back Carlin Fils-aime will also start spring football as a defensive back after two seasons on offense. These moves may not be permanent, but considering the lack of production from each player on offense, their best fits may be on defense under DB guru Pruitt.
In two seasons as a receiver, Byrd has racked up only 18 catches for 236 yards and a single score. He only had three catches in 11 games last season. Meanwhile, Fils-aime has 273 yards rushing and four scores in his two seasons caring the ball for Tennessee.
Linebacker Ja’Quain Blakely will be flipping to the other side of the ball to start spring, as he will give the offensive side of the ball a try.
Tennessee’s spring practice will commence on Tuesday, March 20.
Pruitt said WR Tyler Byrd and RB Carlin Fils-aime will start the first 7 days of
spring ball in the secondary and LB Ja’Quain Blakely will start the
first 7 days at tight end. Pruitt said he considers DE same as OLB in his 3-4
system so he won't be moving DEs to OLB.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) March 9, 2018