Tennessee Running Back Entering Transfer Portal

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    Tee Hodge Tennessee

    Tennessee RB Tee Hodge. Photo By Caleb Jones/Tennessee Athletics.

    Less than a week from the Tennessee football season-opener, redshirt-freshman running back Tee Hodge is officially entering his name into the transfer portal as of Sunday afternoon.

    Hodge, a 6-foot-1, 218-pound second-year running back from Maryville, committed to Tennessee as a three-star prospect in June of 2019.

    As a freshman, Hodge only saw action in one game, allowing him to redshirt the season. However, Hodge saw playtime in Tennessee’s game against Kentucky, where he played on special teams. Off the field, though, Tennessee’s local freshman tailback was on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

    However, as of Sunday, Hodge will be entering his name into the transfer portal.

    Tennessee’s season opener is just around the corner on Thursday night. In fall camp, the Vols’ backfield seems to have shifted towards a rotation that did not include Hodge. Instead, Tiyon Evans, Jabari Small, and Jaylen Wright were getting the bulk of the work.

    Tennessee will have a committee of running backs this season, especially in the first few games. In reality, many games towards the beginning of the schedule will shape Tennessee’s lineup and offense based on what is working. But regardless, offensive coordinator Alex Golesh is impressed with the position as a whole.

    As a prospect, Tee Hodge was a three-star according to 247 Sports. The Maryville running back was the 57th ranked back in the country and the 25th overall prospect in Tennessee.

    Tennessee will host Bowling Green in a special Thursday night college football kickoff from Neyland Stadium. Stay tuned to Rocky Top Insider for more Tennessee coverage leading up to gameday.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.