Justin Coleman plugged in at nickel for Tennessee Vols

Tennessee defensive back Justin Coleman (27) celebrates making a stop on South Carolina tailback Mike Davis (28) during the first half against South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee defensive back Justin Coleman (27) celebrates making a stop on South Carolina tailback Mike Davis (28) during the first half against South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — It appears to be more than an experiment for Tennessee defensive back Justin Coleman.

The two-year starter at cornerback is playing nickel back for the Volunteers this spring, and at least for the forseeable future the rising senior will line up as Tennessee's fifth defensive back.

And the Vols' coaching staff prefers it that way.

"It's home for him right now, and then we're moving him around," defensive coordinator John Jancek said last week. "We're going to make sure that we can plug him in at a variety of spots. Obviously corner, he's completely comfortable with having played it for a full year for us, so the nickel spot is home right now, but we're going to continue to move him around."

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