Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara quickly has become a weapon for the Volunteers offense. Kamara is in his redshirt junior season at Tennessee he is considered a legitimate threat by opposing defenses. Kamara’s journey to Tennessee was different than most.
He signed with Alabama in 2013 out of Norcross High School in Georgia and was immediately redshirted. Kamara decided he would get a better opportunity elsewhere. He decided to transfer to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, and was able to keep the year of eligibility to remain a redshirt freshman. In just nine games with the Blue Dragons Kamara Had 1,469 All purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. He was rated the number two JUCO running back in the nation by 247sports.
In his redshirt sophomore season with Tennessee, he quickly became a standout player. He rushed for 698 yards for seven touchdowns in 13 games with the Vols. He also accumulated 291 receiving yards with three touchdowns. The rushing numbers for Kamara does not seem like a huge deal by any means, but he was extremely efficient. His 6.5 yards a carry was best for third in the SEC. He shares touches with one of the SEC’s leading rushers Jalen Hurd. Together the duo combined for a little over 1800 yards on the season. Kamara is a change of pace running back for the Vols. At 5’10 and 215 pounds, Kamara has the speed to disrupt defenses and good enough route running skills and hands to get open in the flats. Kamara can be dangerous in the return game as well as he had one kick return for a touchdown.
He earned preseason second team All-SEC for all purpose player. It isn’t just Kamara’s individual stat line that will impress you, but the way he is able to team up with Hurd so well. The two backs have arguably been the best combo in the SEC. Kamara again will play an even bigger role as he looks to get more touches for the Vols in 2016. Alvin Kamara ranks #11 on the top 15 players for Tennessee this year.