Tennessee football: Ranking all 9 former Vols in AAF by potential

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30: Matt Simms /
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Moving on to the first player who has a legitimate chance to make an impact in this league, Rajion Neal was one of the bright spots for Tennessee football from the Derek Dooley years who had to labor through lots of issues. But he managed to always be productive, and he went for over 1,100 yards in Butch Jones’s first season, his senior year.

Neal got a chance with the Packers but just couldn’t make the cut. He has a great chance with the Memphis Express in the AAF, though. As one of the few defensive specialists being a head coach in the league, Mike Singletary is probably more willing than others to use standard running backs.

At 5’11” 212 pounds, Neal is just that. He’s a tough guy who can wear defenses down in the fourth quarter, and that allows for Memphis to be a team that brings a dramatic change of pace to the league.

The biggest competition for Neal would be Zac Stacy, who played with the Vanderbilt Commodores around the same time. Terrence Magee, who played with the LSU Tigers, provides competition by being younger, but Neal and Stacy are better. So those two could be the ones to split the time.