11 carries for 79 yards, 2 TDs
Yes, in terms of stats, Jabari Small is nowhere near Jaylen Wright and Dylan Sampson in this one. However, he did his work for Tennessee football when the game was still at least somewhat in question, largely in the first half, and with still a pretty good average to go along with two scores, Small deserves to be here.
Remember, Small was doing the bulk of the work against Vanderbilt’s first team defense, and he was running behind a decimated offensive line that eventually was without four starters. The only bad play was when he failed to convert a 4th and short when taking a handoff.
Still, Small scored the first touchdown of the game, putting the Vols up 7-0 at the time. He consistently moved UT down the field in the first half and early in the second half, helping out Joe Milton III a lot as Milton still struggled to find his footing at times.
In the second half, Small launched the run of big-play touchdowns by the running backs Saturday. He had a 52-yard score with over 12 minutes to go in the third to put Rocky Top up 28-0, breaking the game open. The cut he made on that run made it the most impressive run of the night as well.