Alvin Kamara Highlights Big Day for Former Vols in NFL

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    Former Vol running back Alvin Kamara won the NFL Rookie of the Year award last season, and he got his second year in the league off to a hot start on Sunday.

    Kamara totaled 141 yards of offense and scored a career-high three touchdowns in New Orleans’ match-up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kamara carried the ball eight times for 29 yards and two scores and also caught nine passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He led the team in rushing and was second in catches and receiving yards.

    The second-year pro won Rookie of the Year last season by totaling 14 total touchdowns (eight rushing, five receiving, one kick return) and amassing 1,554 yards of total offense. And the former Vol is already off to a roaring start in 2018 and looks well on his way to following up that stellar first season.

    But Kamara wasn’t the only former Vol who had a great Sunday. Several other Vols in the NFL performed well in the opening weekend of the 2018 NFL season.

    Former Vol cornerback and standout punt returner Cam Sutton had a game-saving interception for his first career INT in the NFL, and plenty other former Vols made noise on Sunday.

    Here is how every former Vol has performed in Week 1 of the NFL season so far (there are still two games to be played on Monday night):

    Running Back

    Avin Kamara, New Orleans
    8 carries, 29 yards, 2 TD
    9 catches, 112 yards, TD

    Wide Receiver

    Cordarrelle Patterson, New England
    1 catch, 6 yards
    3 carries, 13 yards
    1 kick return, 19 yards

    Justin Hunter, Pittsburgh
    1 catch, 6 yards

    Tight End

    Jason Croom, Buffalo
    2 catches, 18 yards

    Luke Stocker, Tennessee
    2 catches, 37 yards

    Defensive Line

    Derek Barnett, Philadelphia
    2 tackles

    Malik Jackson, Jacksonville
    4 tackles


    Cam Sutton, Pittsburgh
    2 tackles, interception

    Justin Coleman, Seattle
    1 tackle

    Special Teams

    Trevor Daniel, Houston
    6 punts, 38.3 average, 3 downed inside 20

    Britton Colquitt, Cleveland
    12 punts, 43.5 average, 6 downed inside 20

    Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City
    5 punts, 51.2 average, 3 downed inside 20

    Michael Palardy, Carolina
    6 punts 47.8 average 3 downed inside 20

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.