Brewer says Bears have depth to make up for loss of Banks
Sevier County football coach Steve Brewer confirmed on Monday running back Dorian Banks had transferred to Gallatin.
The Tennessee commitment had only been with the Bears a year after transferring from Ezell-Harding. Brewer said Banks was risking a year of eligibility by transferring back to the mid-state to live with his mother. Brewer said the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association limits students to one transfer when changing which parent they're living with. Banks used that allowance last year when he moved to Sevierville to be with his dad.
The coach said he put Banks on the phone with TSSAA to explain the transfer rule. If ruled ineligible, the rising junior would miss the 2014 season but be able to return in 2015.
“If you do this by rule, you’re ineligible,” Brewer said. “Only chance he has is some kind of hardship and those are not easily obtained. … We were dumbfounded by it all. He said it wasn’t anything to do with football.”
The Tennessean originally reported the transfer.
Banks made an impact in his first — and apparently only — year in Sevierville, helping the Smoky Bears to the state quarterfinals and ripping off several electrifying runs, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Seymour.
Brewer said Banks’ departure is a blow but Sevier County has plenty of options in the backfield, including Zach Sauls, JD Griffin, Kody Paul and Connor Bailey. Griffin and Paul missed most of last season with injuries while Bailey, a wide receiver, proved his versatility by getting some snaps from tailback spot late in the year.
“Depth at running back is not really a problem,” Brewer said. “Obviously Dorian is a talent. The guys we’ve got coming back are working hard and are good football players.”
Spring practice opens May 5 for the Bears with a scrimmage game against Science Hill on the 16th.