Former Tennessee Vols running back Alvin Kamara has, unsurprisingly, been named Pepsi’s NFL rookie of the year.

Kamara tweeted the news on Friday.

The former Vol had a ridiculous rookie season, totaling 1,554 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns. He was only the 11th player in NFL history to have at least 700 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season.

Kamara averaged 6.1 yards per carry during his rookie campaign, while catching 81 passes for 826 yards.

Not too bad for a third round pick who had only eight starts in his collegiate career.

What could have been at Tennessee

In retrospect, most folks have placed the blame on Butch Jones for not using Kamara more during his time at Tennessee. And while I do think Kamara was criminally underused, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Jalen Hurd was playing pretty damn well during that same time period.

At this point, we all know Jones had an embarrassment of riches at UT and managed to squander it. It’s been discussed ad nauseam. I think it’s best to put it in the rear view and enjoy Kamara’s NFL success (and, hopefully, the future success of Tennessee football).

What Kamara did this season was truly historic. He’s beyond deserving of the recognition he received on Friday. There’s no doubt he will be one of the most exciting players in the NFL to watch over the next several years.

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