Evan Berry practices at running back for Tennessee's game against Chattanooga
Tennessee freshman Evan Berry practiced with the running backs on Tuesday for the first time this season. The four-star athlete has played as a defensive back and kick returner through five weeks of his college career. Berry looks to bring some depth and explosiveness to Tennessee’s backfield while leading rusher Jalen Hurd recovers from a “dinged” shoulder ailment suffered in the Florida game.
“Just experimentation,” head coach Butch Jones said. “He had all the reps at defense but every chance we had with individual periods and after practice. Again trying to find a spot for him to utilize his speed.”
The second-generation Vol played both safety and quarterback for Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga. As a senior, Berry led Creekside to an undefeated record and a state championship.
Berry is a member of Tennessee’s “Legacy Class,” with strong family ties to the Volunteer football program. His father, James, played running back at Tennessee from 1978-81 and was a former team captain. His older brother, Eric, was a Thorpe Award winner and is one of the most beloved Vols in program history.
Along with twin brother Elliott, Berry committed to Tennessee on his 18th birthday this past Nov. 4. The twin brothers enrolled at Tennessee last May.