5’11” 220 pounds; Hometown: Hartsville, S.C.
We started this post with a running back because of Josh Heupel’s offensive system and the Bowling Green Falcons’ personnel. Well, given those two things, it only makes sense for two Tennessee football running backs to make this list.
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Tiyon Evans is the most complete back on the Vols’ roster. UT lured him away from his home state school in the South Carolina Gamecocks, as he was a top junior college prospect out of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Expectations back in the spring were for Evans to make an immediate impact, even as he was limited then due to injury.
Well, now Evans is full-go, and Heupel doesn’t just have him as one of the two feature backs. He also has the guy joining Velus Jones Jr. in returning kickoffs, so there will be multiple ways for him to make big plays throughout the season and especially in this game.
Earlier, when we brought up that BGSU gave up over 300 yards a game last year, what we didn’t mention was the fact that their rush defense was last in FBS last year. They also lose three of their top four tackles from last year, with only Darren Anders back to make plays. Simply put, everything is laid out for the rushing attack to dominate.
While Evans and Jabari Small should get lots of yards, this is also a chance for Tennessee football’s new-look offensive line, without Trey Smith, Brandon Kennedy and Wanya Morris, to showcase what it can do. Simply put, this is a dream for anybody who likes to run the ball, and it sets UT up to dominate early on the ground.