On Tuesday, Tennessee Volunteers’ sophomore running back Trey Coleman announced that he would be leaving the program and transferring, as first reported by Jesse Simonton of Volquest and later confirmed by the university.
Coleman posted on his social media channels earlier on Tuesday with multiple tweets with messaging suggesting that he would be leaving.
Trey Coleman is apparently transferring according to …. Trey Coleman. pic.twitter.com/wQQ4rJt1fU
— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) September 4, 2018
A consensus three-star recruit from West Monroe High School in Louisiana, the back signed with the Vols in 2017 after first committing to Tennessee in June of 2016.
Coleman only appeared in four games for the Vols in 2017, accumulating just nine rushing yards on just four attempts.
WHAT THIS MEANS
We all knew coming into this season that coach Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Tyson Helton were going to have plenty of options to choose from out of a running back stable which, heading into last Saturday, consisted of Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan, Madre London, Jeremy Banks, Coleman and possibly Princeton Fant as well.
Chandler, Jordan, London and Banks all received playing time and carries against West Virginia, with Coleman being absent from the rotation.
The move, for Coleman, absolutely makes sense. This is something that happens all across college football early in the season when a player knows that he will not be seeing the field due to being buried on the depth chart, which was the case here.
From the standpoint of what this means for the Vols? It doesn’t mean much. Even with Chandler being day-to-day as he recovers from a possible concussion, the Vols found their No. 1 back in Jordan and have plenty of talent behind him. Now, expect Pruitt and Helton to move Fant back in the running back rotation, just for depth’s sake.
Best of luck to Coleman in his future career.