Tennessee Running Back Enters Transfer Portal

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    During a slew of moves made on Thursday, one Tennessee running back officially made the move into the transfer portal. After spending two seasons at Tennessee, redshirt-freshman running back Dee Beckwith is entering the portal according to a report from On3 Sports’ Matt Zenitz.

    Beckwith’s entry into the portal marks the second Tennessee running back to enter. Back in November, former Vol Tiyon Evans entered the transfer portal and is now at Louisville. Additionally, Beckwith is one of three Tennessee players to enter the portal on Thursday, along with defensive end Tyler Baron and linebacker/long-snapper Will Albright.

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    The Florence, AL native has just five appearances in his Tennessee career. The first three came in the final three games of the 2020 season against Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Florida. While Beckwith does have an appearance in the most recent Kentucky game, he did not receive a carry but did get one in the South Alabama game in Knoxville.

    Ultimately, Beckwith fell behind in a Tennessee running back room that was loaded with talent with not enough snaps to go around. Jabari Small and Tiyon Evans spent most of the year as the Vols’ one-two punch, with Jaylen Wright and Marcus Pearce as the two guys behind them. Not to mention, quarterback Hendon Hooker accounted for plenty of rushing plays himself.

    As a recruit, 247 Sports had Beckwith listed as a four-star prospect in the class of 2020. The 6-foot-4 athlete was also ranked just inside of the Top 20 players from the state of Alabama.

    Beckwith has yet to comment on his departure into the transfer portal as of the time of this publication.

    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.