When asked point-blank if he's planning to redshirt Banks, Fulmer replied:
''I think there's good competition there (at quarterback). As you've seen with Constantin (Ritzmann), Jarvis Reado, Steve Johnson and a number of other guys -- and now Kevin Burnett -- it's not always the best thing to redshirt them all as freshmen.
''That (redshirt) year can pop up in some good places ... Willie Miles, for instance. I'd rather them play and get some time (as freshmen), then you can decide down the road what you're going to do.''
Ritzmann, Reado, Johnson, Burnett and Miles played as true freshmen. Each was injured later in his career and each was able to use the redshirt year while recovering.
Another consideration is that some players who redshirt as freshmen wind up turning pro prior to their senior season, meaning UT wasted a year of their eligibility. Or, as Fulmer put it:
''If he (Banks) is good enough, he might not be here but three years anyway.''