Tennessee Vols fans are well aware that the defensive side of the ball could use more depth, but there’s a position on the offensive side of the ball that could also use some more depth.
Vols offensive coordinator Alex Golesh met with the media on Sunday ahead of Tennessee’s fall practice that starts Monday and he pointed out that UT doesn’t have quite enough running back depth.
Golesh: We’re not very deep at RB. We’re going to give Justin Williams-Thomas and Dylan Sampson every opportunity to see if they can help us. It will be interesting to see what Justin has been able to do this summer, how that translates to real football. I’m excited to see Dylan.— GoVols247 (@GoVols247) July 31, 2022
Part of the reason for the lack of depth is that redshirt sophomore running back Len’neth Whitehead will miss the entire 2022 season according to Vols head coach Josh Heupel.
Whitehead, who is dealing with an upper body injury, carried the ball 32 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Junior Jabari Small and sophomore Jaylen Wright should serve as Tennessee’s top two running backs in 2022, followed by freshmen Justin Williams-Thomas and Dylan Sampson.
The Vols, however, are still looking for more depth. And as a result, they could be adding a transfer running back.
According to VolQuest, former four-star running back Lyn-J Dixon is visiting Tennessee this weekend and could land in Knoxville this season.
JUST IN: Former ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lyn-J Dixon is on campus for a visit. The loss of Lenneth Whitehead has opened up a spot in an already thin backfield that Dixon would fill if visit goes well sources tell @Volquest_Rivals— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) July 31, 2022
Dixon previously played at Clemson. He announced his intention to transfer to West Virginia last fall, but he never actually played a game for the Mountaineers.
The Georgia native rushed for 218 yards, 1420 yards, and 13 touchdowns during his time at Clemson. His best season came in 2019 when he carried the ball 104 times for 635 yards and six touchdowns. Dixon averaged an impressive 6.5 yards per carry with the Tigers.
Adding Dixon would certainly help Tennessee’s running back depth while giving the Vols another potential playmaker.
Tennessee has talent at the position, they just need to stay healthy. As long as they stay healthy, then Golesh and the rest of the offensive staff shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
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