Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Coach Jeremy Pruitt met with the media Wednesday night one final time before Saturday's showdown at South Carolina. The coach was asked about Jeremy Banks conversion from running back to linebacker. He said, "I think he's (Banks) a runner and a hitter and he's physical, he likes ball. He's practiced for three days on defense, so he probably doesn't have a whole lot of knowledge on what we're trying to get done, but I think he's a guy that can play there and he's gotten a lot of work there the last few days."
We'll see if banks gets any playing time on defense in Columbia where
the gamecocks won last time out against Tennessee. Coach Muschamp expects a close game and an efficient clock operator saying, "They've always been closely contested game sin our first two seasons and there's no doubt it'll be a great environment at Williams-Brice on Saturday night. I don't know who's keeping the clock on the field they got about 12 plays in three seconds last year that was unusual ...go ahead."
Muschamp referring to the end of last years game, which the Gamecocks won, at Neyland.
This is the 37th time these two teams have met as the Vols look to snap a two-game losing streak to the Gamecocks. Tennessee's last win at South Carolina came in 2014 when the Vols won a 45-42 thriller in overtime. Then-sophomore quarterback Josh Dobbs threw for 301 yards and ran for 166, while the team rushed for 344 yards as a whole. The Vols trailed 42-28 with under five minutes left, but battled back for the win.
The Gamecocks are 3-3 this season and are coming off a bye week. South Carolina dropped its last game to Texas A&M, 26-23, on Oct. 13.
"They're very balanced, they're multiple in their formations and they can beat you a bunch of different ways," Pruitt said.
Saturday's game will be played under the lights at Williams-Brice Stadium at night for the fifth time in series history. Tennessee is 2-2 in those games. This weekend's game will be broadcasted live on the SEC Network with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. Tom Hart and Jordan Rodgers will be on the call with Cole Cubelic on the sideline.
Banks & Fils-aime Make Moves
At the start of the week the Vols saw a couple of players make position changes. Freshman Jeremy Banks has made the move to linebacker from running back while junior defensive back Carlin Fils-aime has made the move back to running back for the Big Orange this week.
"Well, I think he's (Banks) a runner and a hitter and he's physical, he likes ball. He's practiced for three days on defense, so he probably doesn't have a whole lot of knowledge on what we're trying to get done, but I think he's a guy that can play there," Pruitt said.
Banks, has played in all seven games for the Vols and has 41 carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns at running back this season. Fils-aime played running back for the Vols during the 2016 and 2017 seasons and has recorded 45 carries for 273 yards and four touchdowns during his career.
"I think if we're going to move Jeremy to linebacker we need to have a fourth running back and Carlin is a guy that played snaps here before," Pruitt said. "He's a fast guy. He's got good change of direction, so just trying to manage the roster and create possibilities for everybody."