5’11” 220 pounds; Hometown: Hartsville, S.C.
Everybody loves to talk about Josh Heupel’s passing attack when it comes to his offense, but balance has been as crucial as anything during his time with the Missouri Tigers and the UCF Knights. Two elite running backs is a huge part of that.
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As a result, it’s no surprise that Tennessee football will use two backs this year, as Tiyon Evans and Jabari Small were both listed as co-starters. However, another depth cart tidbit is why we put Evans, a junior college transfer out of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, on this list and extremely high up on it over Small.
The Vols’ depth chart shockingly listed Evans as a co-starting kickoff returner alongside Velus Jones Jr. as well. That extra role is why Jones solidified his spot on this list, and it’s why Evans solidified his spot. His position there is a bit of a surprise since he seemed more like a power back, but the Vols need to get their weapons as many touches as possible.
Coming out of Hartsville High School in Darlington County, UT got a steal luring Evans away from the South Carolina Gamecocks. He’s now destined to thrive his first year on Rocky Top in Heupel’s new system, and that’s enough for us to put him up here.