Carlin Fils-aime is the latest position change for the Tennessee Volunteers. The former running back turned cornerback is heading back to the backfield, rejoining his original position group.
The move is in response to Jeremy Banks flipping to the defensive side of the ball, now working with the linebackers. Jeremy Pruitt confirmed the move on Wednesday after practice.
“I think if we’re going to move Jeremy to linebacker, we need to have a 4th running back,” Pruitt told the media Wednesday. “And Carlin is a guy that’s played snaps here before. He’s a fast guy. He’s got good change of direction, so just trying to manage the roster and create possibilities for everybody.”
Pruitt noted that Fils-aime feels “more natural” at the running back position. And quite honestly, with the youth that has emerged at cornerback, Fils-aime’s path to the playing field is probably clearer as a running back.
So your new running back depth chart looks to be Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan, Madre London, Carlin Fils-aime and Princeton Fant. Though the move to linebacker seems serious for Banks, Pruitt did note that he could end up going back to running back one day, for what it’s worth.
Carlin Fils-aime now rejoins a fairly crowded backfield. As a sophomore, he rushed for 215 yards on just 31 carries, averaging nearly seven yards per attempt in mop-up duty.