After an extensive search where multiple candidates were looked at, it seems the Vols finally have their man. Tim Banks, the co-defensive coordinator. In case you’re not familiar with Mr. Banks let’s run down his resume. Banks played cornerback at Central Michigan in 1991-1994, he led the Chippewas in tackles in 1993 with 105 tackles on the season. For his coaching career, he began as a graduate assistant for the Bowling Green Falcons under the HC Gary Blackney. He then spent two seasons with the Ferris State Bulldogs as their defensive backs coach. In 1999-2000 he returned to Bowling Green where he would coach running backs for one season and defensive backs the next. He then joined the Memphis Tigers in 2001, he coached the outside linebackers during his first year before taking over as the cornerbacks coach in 2002. During his first year coaching d-backs, the Tigers were ninth in pass defense allowing only 165.8 yards per game. In 2003, Banks was hired to coach inside linebackers for Maryland where he coached D’Qwell Jackson to three all ACC honors, the 2005 ACC Defensive Player Of The Year, and a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player. Jackson was a second round pick in the NFL Draft. Banks also coached NFL Draft picks David Holloway and standout corner Josh Wilson. Banks was then the defensive coordinator at his Alma-Mater of Central Michigan from 2007 to 2009 serving under former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones. The defense led the MAC in rush defense and in 2008 led the conference in sacks with 35. In 2009 the defense led the MAC in scoring defense only giving up 18.9 points per game, was second in rush defense, and fourth in total defense in 2009. Since then Banks has been at Cincinnati, Illinois, and most recently the co-defensive coordinator at Penn State (where he has been serving under different positions since January 16th,2018) and has had a solid to really good defense since. When looking at his recruiting profile he has recruited (and landed) 4 star WR Mehki Flowers, 4 star safety Enzo Jennings, 4 star outside backer Lance Dixon, four star defensive tackle Cole Brevard, and four star corner Kalen King.
So, in Tim Banks, the Vols would get an experienced coach with a pretty good recruiting prowess. If I had to guess what scheme he would bring to the table for a Vols defense that most likely will spend a lot of time on the field using his time at Penn State he wants his backs to be very physical, but not to the point of drawing a penalty flag. He also teaches and praises “discipline” in many videos you watch of him coaching on the field. From watching a film breakdown with Urban Meyer on Youtube, Penn State seemed to run a lot of cover 2 but in different variations. It will be interesting to see if Banks bring that over to UT.
Written by: Dallas Bowlin