KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alvin Kamara’s breakout game at Texas A&M was an eye-opener that’s sure to shake up the Tennessee offensive game plan.
But to what extent?
Vols coach Butch Jones wouldn’t divulge the plan or rotation for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. showdown with No. 1-ranked Alabama, but he indicated it will involve a healthy dose of Kamara.
“We have to get the ball to Alvin as many ways as we can and create space for him,” Jones said on his ‘VolCalls’ show on the VolNetwork. “We’d like to get Alvin the ball as much as possible, just like Jalen (Hurd), and we’ll move Alvin around this week just like last week, and the punt return catches are touches, too.”
Kamara had 312 total yards in the loss at Texas A&M last Saturday, becoming the first Power 5 conference back to rush for at least 125 yards (127) and record 150 yards or more (161) receiving in the same game in 20 years.
Kamara’s 312 total yards set a school mark, surpassing the 294-yard mark set by Chuck Webb in 1989.
Kamara had 18 carries and eight catches, after averaging about 7 1/2 carries and 2 1/2 catches through the first five games.
Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said that the week of practice would ultimately determine the game plan, but some staples will remain in place.
Hurd, who missed last Saturday’s game on account of multiple injuries — a lower extremity issue along with a concussion, reportedly — will likely remain a first-down run option.
Hurd, like Kamara, has also proven an effective receiver out of the backfield.
The Vols runners, however, will only have as much success as the offensive line allows them.
Tennessee is expected to start its fifth different offensive line combination in eight games against the Crimson Tide.
Jones is confident his players will handle the moment.
“It has been next man in and next man up,” Jones said. “Our players don’t blink, they have the same resiliency and intensity.”