Tennessee football: 10 Vols who did not benefit from 2019 spring practice

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He sat out much of the spring due to injury. Still, Carlin Fils-Aime was officially listed as a member of the first-team offense for Tennessee football, so the senior running back shouldn’t have too much concern coming off spring practice, right? Wrong!

Fils-Aime being hurt was worse for him than it would be for other people. Ty Chandler is already a more proven playmaker than Fils-Aime, so he just had to prove himself as the guy who could be the other by-committee back. He can’t be the power back on short-yardage situations. The size just isn’t there.

But with Fils-Aime out for part of spring and missing the Orange and White game, he wasn’t able to fully get back into the groove of playing running back. Remember, he played defensive back and practiced there for much of last year.

As a result, being hurt in the spring allowed Tim Jordan to separate himself further, and the fact that Jordan led all rushers in the spring game only made things worse for Fils-Aime. Add in Eric Gray this Fall, and FIls-Aime will have a hard time getting the action he wants. Being a senior, that’s rough for him, especially since everybody else is a junior or younger.