ESPN is expecting Tennessee Vols running back Eric Gray to have a breakout season as a sophomore in 2020.

The Memphis native, who rushed for 539 yards as a true freshman in 2019, was picked by ESPN as UT’s top “breakout” candidate in 2020.

Here’s what ESPN’s Alex Scarborough had to say about Gray.

Jeremy Pruitt might have found something at running back late last season. Gray, a 5-foot-10 freshman from Memphis, Tennessee, went from being an afterthought most of the season to being a can’t-miss player in the regular-season finale against Vanderbilt, in which he carried the ball 25 times for a school-record 246 yards and three touchdowns. He followed that with an MVP performance against Indiana in the Gator Bowl, in which he recovered an onside kick, scored the winning touchdown and racked up 120 all-purpose yards.

Gray rushed for 332 yards in Tennessee’s final two games last season — which was 62 percent of his season total.

The dynamic running back looked like a star in the making in Tennessee’s win against Vanderbilt — especially on his 94 yard touchdown run.

Tennessee should have a stellar backfield in 2020, with Ty Chandler and Tim Jordan returning, plus the arrival of Len’Neth Whitehead, Jabari Small and Tee Hodge.

Chandler will be the incumbent starter, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Gray is the star of the show for the Vols in 2020.

Featured image via Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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