Tennessee running back Len’Neth Whitehead announced plans to enter the transfer portal Friday night.
“I want to say thank you to everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to be a Tennessee Vol,” Whitehead said in a statement. “I am truly blessed beyond measure. I have decided to enter the transfer portal with three years of eligibility.”
Thank you Vol nation! pic.twitter.com/mlJ3mJEGhg
— juice 2.0🦍 (@LenNethW4) December 2, 2022
Whitehead didn’t see the field in his redshirt sophomore season, undergoing preseason surgery that sidelined him for the entirety of the season. The Athens, Georgia native came to Tennessee as a member of the 2020 recruiting class, redshirting in 2020 before rushing for 207 yards and two touchdowns in 2021.
The bruising running back tallied the fourth most carries of any Tennessee running back in the 2021 season including strong games against South Carolina, Missouri and South Alabama.
With Whitehead sidelined for the 2022 season, the Georgia native fell behind other Tennessee running backs including true freshman Dylan Sampson.
With Jabari Small, Jaylen Wright and Dylan Sampson all poised to return next season, Whitehead’s path to consistent playing time is unclear.
Whitehead may not be the only Tennessee running back to enter the portal this offseason. Freshman Justin Williams-Thomas reportedly plans to leave the program after tallying just 11 carries this season.
Whitehead joins Jimmy Holiday, Jimmy Calloway and tight end Miles Campell as Tennessee players with plans to enter the transfer portal when the window opens next week.