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Tiyon Evans out for Tennessee vs. Georgia

The star running back for the Volunteers is out for today’s SEC East tilt.

Running back Tiyon Evans of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the 1st quarter fo the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Tennessee Volunteers running back Tiyon Evans is not warming up for UT ahead of their tilt with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday in Neyland Stadium.

Evans is a junior with 81 carries for 521 yards and six touchdowns this season, as well as 74 yards receiving and another score. When paired with now-starting quarterback Hendon Hooker, the Vols have significantly improved every week this season.

This is a big loss for UT ahead of one of the most challenging games of the season against the No. 1 team in the country in UGA, who brings one of the best defenses college football has ever seen to Knoxville. Since the start of October the Vols have looked like a much better team than earlier in the season under first-year head coach Josh Heupel, but still need one more win to be bowl eligible.

Right now Tennessee is a 19-point underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total set at 55.5.