NAPLES, Fla. — One minute Carlin Fils-aime was watching one of Inky Johnson’s motivational videos, the next, Tyler Byrd was singing Rocky Top.
This pair of Naples High School all-state selections are going a bit stir-crazy in South Florida, eager for their University of Tennessee orientation on June 1 and the start of classes on June 2.
“I’m just looking forward to being with the team and getting started,” said Fils-aime, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound tailback. “Before, we had track to keep us busy. But since then, we’ve been working with our coaches to help the returning football players with their positions.”
The Florida High School State Track Meet took place May 7-8, and both Fils-aime and Byrd represented for Naples.
Byrd won the long jump, with a leap of 24 feet, 3 3/4 inches, while Fils-aime took fourth in the 300 hurdles.
“I’ve been working out with Carlin, and playing a lot of UFC II,” Byrd said, referring to a video game. “I’m just really excited to get up there to Tennessee.”
Both players are hoping to get on the field as true freshmen, if not at their skill positions, on special teams.
“I had seven blocks between field goals and extra points,” said Byrd, a 6-0, 195-pound defensive back who has a 75-inch wingspan.
Fils-aime, meanwhile, used his quickness to block five punts last season.
Naples finished the season 12-2, making it to the Class 6A semifinals.
Fils-aime and Byrd took some time with SEC Country to share a bit of their personalities and talk about their futures with the Tennessee Vols in the video above.