Just one game into his Tennessee career, Vols head football coach Jeremy Pruitt has already lost a member of his depth chart.
According to a tweet released by Volquest’s Jesse Simonton on Tuesday afternoon, Tennessee running back Trey Coleman has left the Vols.
Coleman was also not at practice on Monday, according to Simonton.
This is big news for anyone following Tennessee’s offense, which featured several different backs in its season opener.
Against West Virginia, offensive coordinator Tyson Helton rotated between four running backs: Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan, Madre London and Jeremy Banks.
While the reasons for Coleman’s decision to leave the Vols’ squad are unknown, one can at least assume that Coleman recognized that he would not be getting many on-field reps in 2018 unless something changed drastically.
Also unknown is where Coleman, a West Monroe, La. native, will transfer to, if he still chooses to play college football. Coleman appeared in just four games for the Vols last season, according to a report by Saturday Down South’s Michael Bratton.
In Coleman’s absence, Princeton Fant has been moved back to running back.
Originally a tailback out of high school, Fant had been a linebacker under Jeremy Pruitt for just one practice this past April.
As new information arises, any updates on the matter can be found in the sports section of The Tennessee Journalist.
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Sports editor Jake Nichols has been part of the TNJN staff in two different capacities. His freshman and sophomore years, Jake worked as a staff writer before moving on to write for Rocky Top Insider, and he also worked with VFL Films and the SEC Network for a semester his junior year. When asked the summer before his senior year to return to TNJN as the sports editor, Jake jumped at the chance to end his time in Knoxville working with the organization he first began with as a freshman. Jake is excited to help lead younger writers, much like former editors Cody McClure and Jordan Dajani aided him. Jake also does freelance sports coverage and photography for The Mountain Press in Sevierville, Tenn., and in his spare time, he can be found with family, his girlfriend or driving his Jeep, most likely with his Canon in tow. Be sure and follow Jake on Twitter and Instagram at @jnichols_2121, and keep up with TNJN Sports on Twitter as well!