KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – While Tennessee linebacker coach Brian Jean-Mary likes what he’s seeing from junior Jeremy Banks this season, it’s the penalties that are perhaps the hardest thing to ignore. After moving to running back in 2019, Banks flourished on the defensive side of the ball.
Banks leads all Tennessee linebackers and is third on the team in tackles with 21, including 3.5 tackles for a loss.
However, he also has two big personal foul penalties: unnecessary roughness in the Pittsburgh game and a face mask against Florida. The two penalties kept practices alive and allowed the Panthers and Gators to score touchdowns, respectively.
“Personal fouls, we never want them, but if they cost us game situations, we can’t allow that,” Jean-Mary said at the team’s press conference on Tuesday. “(Banks) is playing extremely hard, as hard as any player I’ve been around with, but we have to do it in the frame.”
Jean-Mary said he had had many discussions with Banks about the sanctions and said if this continued they would send someone else.
The Vols travel to Columbia, Missouri, on Saturday to face the Tigers. Kick-off between Tennessee and Mizzou is scheduled for noon.