Vols’ depth chart ahead of Bowling Green game: Running back unit preview

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Tennessee released its game week depth chart on Monday ahead of its season-opening matchup with Bowling Green.

The Vols and Falcons are slated to kick off Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT (SEC Network) at Neyland Stadium.

The contest is Josh Heupel’s first as Tennessee’s head coach. Heupel came to Tennessee after compiling a 28-8 record from 2018-20 as UCF’s head coach.

At UCF, a utility position was listed on the Knights’ depth chart.

The utility position within Heupel’s offensive scheme allows for a running back to be used in the passing and running game. Players in the utility position are versatile and positioned in various spots on the field.

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Tennessee’s depth chart that was released on Monday did not include the utility position, only listing Tiyon Evans as the starting running back with Jabari Small or Jaylen Wright as second-team.

All three running backs can be used in Heupel’s scheme and Small and Wright have the ability to be used in the unlisted utility position.

Below are Tennessee’s running backs listed on the game week depth chart by the numbers.

Tiyon Evans (5-foot-11, 220 pounds)

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In 2019 at Hutchinson Community College, Evans totaled 538 rushing yards on 61 attempts and scored nine touchdowns in 12 contests. He recorded four receptions for 43 yards and scored one touchdown. In the kick return game, Evans produced 608 yards and two touchdowns on 18 attempts. His longest kick return in 2019 totaled 95 yards.

Jabari Small (5-foot-11, 206-pounds)

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In 10 games as a freshman in 2020, Small rushed for 117 yards on 26 attempts. He recorded four receptions for 24 yards.

Jaylen Wright (5-foot-11, 200 pounds)

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Wright produced over 1,000 rushing and 100 receiving yards during his career at Southern Durham High School in Durham, North Carolina. Southern Durham High School did not play in the fall of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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