Maybe this isn’t too much of a shock since Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara flirted with an early entry into the NFL Draft following last season, but Matt Miller of Bleacher Report says that UT’s redshirt junior back is likely taking his talents to the NFL following this season.
A breakout season has Tennessee redshirt junior Alvin Kamara thinking about the next level pic.twitter.com/oSff7P82H5
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) November 8, 2016
Here’s what Miller says in his Twitter video:
“Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara has had a breakout season and sources tell me he plans to capitalize off that by leaving early for the NFL. With Jalen Hurd leaving hte program, Kamara has had an opportunity to flourish as the Volunteers’ lead running back. The draft class is loaded at the running back position, but it sounds like the underclassman Kamara will roll the dice and leave college football early.”
Kamara actually hasn’t played since Hurd’s announced departure due to a knee injury, though Butch Jones said he “anticipates” him returning for the Kentucky game this weekend. He did take advantage of Hurd’s absence due to injury in the Texas A&M game on Oct. 8, setting a school record for all-purpose yards with 127 yards on the ground and 161 yards of receiving with three total touchdowns in the game.
He should be the lead back, though he will split carries with sophomore John Kelly, for the remaining three regular season games against Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
Kamara is ranked No. 6 on Miller’s updated Big Board of draft-eligible prospects.