Vols shuffle personnel

There will be some new faces in new places when Tennessee's football team opens spring practice later today.

* Jason Resport has moved from guard to center, where he is running first team.

* Jonathan Wade has moved from receiver to cornerback.

* David Ligon has moved from defensive end to offensive guard.

* James Banks, a receiver in 2003, will work primarily at quarterback this spring, according to offensive coordinator Randy Sanders. Sanders says the work behind center will help Banks prepare for fall, whether he remains at QB or moves back to wideout.

Wherever he winds up, Banks will be a key figure in UT's 2004 season.

''Banks will definitely be on the field,'' head coach Phillip Fulmer said. ''We have more comfort at wide receiver than we do at quarterback right now.''

Some view this spring fling as a temporary measure done simply to appease Banks' desire to play QB. That may not be the case, however.

''He'll definitely get a legitimate chance to play there,'' Fulmer said.

One factor weighing heavily in Banks' favor this spring is the fact Vol quarterbacks will not be outfitted in green (no-contact) jerseys. Having to be tackled, not just touched, will give Banks more opportunities to showcase his spectacular mobility.


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