Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt announced on Thursday that running back Tim Jordan is no longer with the program.

Jordan was arrested in May on drug and gun charges after getting pulled over for speeding in Florida.

The concealed carry charge that Jordan is facing is a third-degree felony in Florida.

Jordan was expected to be the Vols’ third running back in 2020. This news means there will be a big opportunity for some of Tennessee’s younger players (and a veteran).

Here are the three best options to replace Jordan on the depth chart.

Len’Neth Whitehead — True Freshman

One of the main reasons that Len’Neth Whitehead signed with Tennessee was so he could play running back instead of linebacker.

It looks like he’ll get a big opportunity sooner than he anticipated. Whitehead has the size (6-foot-2/230 lbs) to be a bruising, Derrick Henry style running back for the Vols. He would be a perfect complement to the home run hitting styles of Chandler and Gray.

Tee Hodge — True Freshman

Tee Hodge, an East Tennessee native, is another bigger running back that would be a nice complement to Chandler and Gray.

The former three-star recruit was rated as the No. 57 running back in the 2020 recruiting class, so he’s flown under the radar a bit. But I think he could have a nice career in Knoxville. Will he get the nod over Whitehead? That mostly depends on how fall camp goes.

In fact, we’ll likely see Hodge and Whitehead receive equal reps early in the season before the staff makes a decision.

Carlin Fils-aime — Redshirt Senior

Carlin Fils-aime doesn’t have the same high ceiling as Hodge or Whitehead, but he has something neither of those running backs possesses.

Experience.

Fils-aime knows the scheme. He knows the responsibilities. He may not be as dynamic on the field, but he knows how to do the little things that don’t show up on the stat seat. And those little things are invaluable in the mind of a head coach.

To start the season, I think we’ll see more of Fils-aime than the two freshmen. But that should change as the season progresses.

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