16 carries for 116 yards, 1 TD
Jabari Small was the catalyst for Tennessee football’s offense picking up steam early and often to take control of the game. In that regard, he was the workhorse back for the Vols, and it’s good news for the program that he showed his ability to handle that role.
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However, Tiyon Evans was the more efficient back with the ball in his hands, and as a result, he makes this list one spot higher than Small. While they had the same number of rushing yards, Evans averaged two full yards more a carry than Small, gaining almost seven and a half yards every time he touched the ball.
Last year, the Bowling Green Falcons gave up over six yards a carry. As a result, Small’s stats were a bit below average. That’s not the case with Evans, though. He picked up right at one more yard per carry than BGSU gave up in 2020, and as a result, he belongs on this list as well. Evans’ TD was a 19-yard run with a great move to put UT up 28-6. It really put the game out of reach.
Right now, there is cautious optimism surrounding the Vols’ run game with two 100-yard rushers. Josh Heupel’s offense, despite being known for quarterback play, relies on the running backs to get things going. That’s the good sign. They have to prove it against a better team, though.