As Tennessee hit the practice field for the first time this spring, an obvious position change was immediately spotted. Princeton Fant — a guy who has worked with the tight ends and receivers in the past — was working with the running backs.
Jeremy Pruitt confirmed the move after practice.
“Long-term position — I don’t know. When he got here, he went to the tight end position. After we kind of looked around, we said no, you’re going to this room. So we’re going to give him a shot at running back.”
Fant could potentially join a depth chart which already includes Ty Chandler, Trey Coleman and Tim Jordan. Michigan State grad-transfer Madre London and four star freshman Jeremy Banks should also factor into the equation.
“(Fant) is going to do that for about seven days,” Pruitt said. “We’ve got several guys that are going to work for seven days at a certain position, then we’ll reevaluate and see if they need to go back.”
Tyler Byrd and Carlin Fils-Aime are the two most prominent position changes that have been confirmed by Pruitt himself. Both will swap to defensive back as Tennessee tries to plug up what could be a leaky secondary in the fall.
The 6-2 Fant seems to fit the mold of what Tennessee wants at running back. The sophomore was listed at 216 pounds on last season’s roster. With plenty of numbers at receiver and tight end, why not see what the former three-star recruit can bring to the backfield?