Tennessee senior linebacker Jeremy Banks was out for the game against South Carolina on Saturday night in Columbia.
Following the loss to the Gamecocks, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel said that Banks “just wasn’t available” for this game and that he is “anticipating and hopeful” for next week.
Since Banks’ absence on Saturday night, there has been an abundance of speculation online as to the reason why he missed the game.
However, on Sunday afternoon, Banks took to social media to share his side of the story on his own personal Instagram page.
“Wasn’t about no conflict or [nothing] like that,” Banks said in his Instagram story. “Get Facts bro, coming back harder than ever!”
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“I mean, we’ll go back and look at the linebacker play, but obviously, structurally, defensively, we did not play as well as we’re capable of tonight,” Heupel said about the game about the linebacker position.
Prior to the South Carolina game on Saturday, Banks had been a participant in all 10 Tennessee games so far this season. The fifth-year Tennessee senior has been a starter for every game except for Akron, Florida, and Georgia. Juwan Mitchell and Aaron Beasley were the starting linebackers in each of those games.
Jeremy Banks has a total of 46 tackles on the year, with 29 of those coming as solo tackles.
Tennessee fell to South Carolina by a score of 63-38 on Saturday night in Columbia.