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Running back is clearly a position with potential but a lot of turnover given what happened this offseason. Tennessee football lost Eric Gray, its top offensive producer, and Ty Chandler, its second best offensive producer, to the transfer portal.
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Jeremy Pruitt did secure the commitments of junior college transfer Tiyon Evans, four-star Cody Brown and speedster Jaylen Wright before his firing. Jabari Small is also back. Then there are power backs in Dee Beckwith, Tee Hodge and Len’Neth Whitehead. However, Brown was released from his letter of intent before spring ball started.
Since Small is the only returning back with any carries for UT, he’ll likely be a feature guy alongside Evans. Heupel likes a versatile set, though, and that means he needs a speedster. Wright, who clocked in a 4.28 40-yard-dash in high school, fits that mold. He’s the perfect all-purpose back who can be used on gadget plays and on kickoff and punt returns in Heupel’s system.
The graduate of Southern High School in North Carolina has so many ways to get onto the field beyond just being a running back in Heupel’s system that he’s bound to see lots of action. He showed flashes in the spring, and his potential is through the roof, so watch out for him.