KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alvin Kamara says he prepares every week as though he’s the starter, and his performance for Tennessee in Saturday’s game at Texas A&M suggests that’s a good approach.
Kamara starred for the No. 9-ranked Vols (5-1, 2-1 SEC) with Jalen Hurd sidelined by injury, rushing for 127 yards and 2 TDs on 18 carries and making eight catches for 161 yards and another TD.
Coach Butch Jones told CBS sports that Hurd is dealing with multiple injuries, one involving his lower body, the other he asked the coach not to disclose.
If Hurd does indeed return for Saturday’s game against No. 1-ranked Alabama at Neyland Stadium, Jones will have an interesting decision to make on who gets the snaps and the carries.
It’s worth noting sophomore John Kelly averaged an eye-popping 6.8 yards per carry in Saturday’s game, too, gaining 89 yards on just 13 carries in relief of Kamara.
SEC Country beat writer Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discussed the game, and the Tennessee running back situation in Monday morning’s podcast: