Report: Several Tennessee players make position switches
Jeremy Pruitt isn’t afraid to shake things up.
That much has been clear during the Tennessee coach’s first few months on the job. His latest tweaks in Knoxville were on the field.
During practice on Tuesday, several Tennessee players were at new positions, according to the Knoxville News. That included Tyler Byrd, Alontae Taylor, Matthew Butler, Greg Emerson, Princeton Fant and LaTrell Bumphus.
Here were their positions:
- Byrd — defensive back to receiver
- Taylor — receiver to defensive back
- Butler — defensive line to offensive line
- Emerson — defensive line to offensive line
- Fant — running back to inside linebacker
- Bumphus — tight end to defensive end
The biggest shakeups in that group were Byrd and Taylor.
Byrd has 18 career catches for 236 yards and a touchdown at receiver, though he began spring camp on the defensive side at corner and safety. Now, he’ll be back to where he played as a freshman and sophomore.
As for Taylor, the early enrollee entered camp after he was the No. 21 receiver and the No. 122 recruit overall in the 2018 class. He was also the No. 4 recruit in Tennessee. Pruitt will try out the highly-routed recruit at defensive back after beginning the spring at receiver.
Tennessee has a scrimmage set for Saturday and it’ll host its spring game on April 21.