If the Tennessee Vols are going to beat the Florida Gators on Saturday, it’ll take great performances from obvious players like quarterback Hendon Hooker, the secondary, and the Vols’ defensive line.

There’s one “under-the-radar” player, however, that could also have a major impact on the game.

In fact, I think his performance has the potential to be the difference between a win and a loss for the Vols.

True freshman running back Dylan Sampson could be an X-factor for Tennessee against the Gators.

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Sep 17, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Dylan Sampson (24) runs in for a touchdown against the Akron Zips during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Sampson, who is battling an ankle injury but is expected to play against Florida, has shown early this season that he has elite talent.

The Louisiana native is a player who can get on the perimeter and make defenders miss. His speed can be game-changing and could give Florida fits (assuming the ankle allows him to be a full go).

Sampson showed off that speed against Akron via an option play that Tennessee surprisingly broke out.

For years, it’s felt like there’s been a speedy player on Florida’s roster that gives Tennessee a fit.

From Percy Harvin to Trey Burton, it seems like there’s always a Gators player that proves to be too elusive for the Vols to stop.

Perhaps Tennessee can flip the script this season and Sampson can be the guy that gives Florida a headache for 3 and a half hours in Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

The Vols have some guys that can ruin Florida’s afternoon. Sampson is one of them and he could be a big reason why Tennessee gets just their fifth win in this series since the turn of the century.

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