BREAKING: Tennessee Running Back Enters Transfer Portal

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    Tennessee Tiyon Evans

    Tennessee RB Tiyon Evans has officially entered the transfer portal as of Friday morning. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

    In the midst of his first season at Tennessee, Vols running back Tiyon Evans has entered the transfer portal and will not finish out the season. Evans is the leading rusher on Tennessee’s team through the first eleven games of the season.

    Evans broke the news through social media on Friday morning.

    “First of all I wanna thank the Lord above for blessing me with the ability to do what I love to do,” Evans wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Secondly, to the vol nation I thank each and everyone of you for the undying support that you give, that itself will last with me forever. I wanna thank coach Huepal and his staff for giving me a chance here at UT to be a vol when he got the position and throughout this journey I have made some friendships that will last a lifetime. To all my Brothers, Love.”

    “After praying to god and giving myself time to think on what’s best for me and my family, I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal and weigh my options.”

    Evans has missed four games this season due to injury. The former top-ranked junior college running back did not play against Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, and the Vols’ two most recent games against Georgia and South Alabama.

    Evans, a junior running back from Hartsville, S.C., has 525 yards on 81 carries this year. Additionally, Evans has six touchdowns on the year, three of which came against Missouri.

    The Missouri game was Evans’ best performance of the year, in which he had 156 yards on the ground, including a ferocious 92-yard touchdown run against the Tigers.

    Evans’ two starts in his Tennessee career came against Tennessee Tech and South Carolina. Against Florida, Evans had his first and only touchdown reception of the year.

    Jabari Small, Jaylen Wright, Len’Neth Whitehead, Marcus Pierce, and Dee Beckwith are the running backs that remain on Tennessee’s roster.

    The Vols will host Vanderbilt in the regular-season finale at 3:45 p.m. ET this Saturday in Neyland Stadium.

    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.