Earlier this summer, I suggested that true freshman running back Len’Neth Whitehead was going to have a huge opportunity to contribute for the Tennessee Vols in 2020, thanks to the dismissal of Tim Jordan.
Unfortunately for Whitehead, it looks like that opportunity may not happen in 2020.
Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt said on Saturday, during a virtual media session with reporters, that he hopes Whitehead can play at some point this season.
Pruitt mentioned that the former four-star recruit, who signed with Tennessee so he could play running back instead of linebacker, has a foot injury from high school that’s prevented him from practicing at full speed this fall.
Jeremy Pruitt says #Vols freshman RB Len’Neth Whitehead is not practicing full-speed reps following a foot injury dating back to high school.
Pruitt is hopeful he’ll be able to possibly play by the end of the year.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) September 5, 2020
The Vols have a nice one-two punch at running back with sophomore Eric Gray and senior Ty Chandler. But with Jordan out of the picture, there’s a need for a short-yardage running back to step up.
Linebacker Quavaris Crouch sometimes handles that role. Whitehead, however, would’ve been a perfect fit to handle those situations for Tennessee in 2020.
The Georgia native has the ideal size (6-foot-2/225 lbs) to excel in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
But it looks like Whitehead will have to wait until the second half of the season, at the earliest, to make his debut on Rocky Top.
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