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Prospect Profile: Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara

Running back| Tennessee| Redshirt Junior

Height:5-foot-10 | Weight: 214 pounds

College Stats 

2016: Over 11 games (seven starts), Kamara recorded a team-high 1,188 all-purpose yards (596 rushing, 392 receiving, 184 punt return, 16 kickoff return) and 13 touchdowns. In the SEC, Kamara ranked tied for third in total touchdowns, seventh in all-purpose yards and ninth in total points (78). Kamara was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll in back-to-back weeks for his performance at Georgia and at Texas A&M. His 312 all-purpose yards against the Aggies set a new school record, breaking the previous benchmark of 294 yards.

Career: Over 24 games (eight starts) for Tennessee, Kamara totaled 210 carries for 1,294 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns in addition to 74 catches for 683 yards and seven scores through the air. Kamara was also utilized on special teams, tallying 26 punt returns for 284 yards and one touchdown. He also had one kickoff return for 16 yards.

Prior to joining the Volunteers, Kamara redshirted as a freshman at Alabama before playing the 2014 season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. There, he rushed for 1,211 yards and 18 touchdowns over nine games and caught 18 passes for 219 yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds

Bench press: 15 reps

Broad jump: 10 feet, 11 inches (first among running backs)

Vertical jump: 39.5 inches (first among running backs)

3-cone drill: Did not participate

20-yard shuttle: Did not participate

60-yard shuttle: Did not participate

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Summary:Kamara came out of high school as a highly touted running back but suffered an injury and redshirted his first season at Alabama. After serving a suspension from the sidelines for the Sugar Bowl, Kamara played the 2014 season for Hutchinson Community College and won Offensive Player of the Year for the conference with 1,430 total yards (rushing and receiving) and 21 touchdowns.

Kamara garnered attention while at Tennessee as a redshirt sophomore and junior. Despite missing some time with a knee injury in 2016, he averaged 5.7 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns on the ground over nine games. According to his draft profile, Kamara has "NFL size and speed" and possesses agility and good burst speed.'s Lance Zierlein referred to Kamara as an "ascending, competitive runner who has flashed explosive NFL talent."  

"[Kamara is] a committed runner with excellent balance who finds yardage that isn't blocked for him," Zierlein said. "While he has never logged 20 carries in a single game, he has the talent to play on all three downs if he can prove his durability."

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock listed Kamara as the No. 4 running back in this year's draft class, while counterpart Bucky Brooks listed Kamara tied with Oklahoma's Joe Mixon as fifth-best in the position group.  

Stepping stones:Kamara is not the only player whose journey to the NFL started at Hutchinson Community College. Three Vikings players on the 2016 roster – Cordarrelle Patterson, Toby Johnson and Shaun Hill – attended Hutchinson, and Patterson also went on to play for the Volunteers.

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