Senior; 5’8″ 194 pounds
Ironically, we just named a South Carolina Gamecocks tight end and left off USC running back Kevin Harris, the leader in the SEC in yards per game last year. That’s because of the change in the offensive system. The Missouri Tigers, meanwhile, have the same system and a change in personnel, one that should turn Tyler Badie into a superstar.
The senior all-purpose back from Memphis had just 575 yards from scrimmage last year and six touchdowns, including 48 carries for 242 yards and four touchdowns and 28 catches for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned nine kickoffs.
However, Badie was the No. 2 option at running back behind Larry Rountree III, a role he’s held for three years while going for over 800 yards from scrimmage in 2019. Now, with Rountree gone, Badie is expected to be the feature back despite his size.
Because of that, expect him to become one of the top offensive weapons in the SEC. Tennessee football will have to contend with him at all times if the Vols are going to make it three wins in a row against Mizzou. Eliah Drinkwitz’s team will likely be favored over UT this year, but if the Vols could pull off the upset, they will have to handle Badie, who will become a breakout star.