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2019 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in eight games as a reserve running back … Finished the season with 10 carries for 62 yards and two receptions for 13 yards … Also returned six kicks for 138 yards … Totaled 216 all-purpose yards on the year … Hauled in his first-career reception against South Florida (Sept. 7), a 10-yard catch, while returning his first-career kick for 18 yards … Returned a kick for 27 yards against The Citadel (Sept. 14) … Recorded a career-high seven rushes for 35 yards, including a 17-yard carry in the third quarter at Temple (Sept. 28) … Took back three kicks for a career-best 77 yards, including a 31-yarder in the fourth quarter … Ran twice for 32 yards at Duke (Oct. 12), including a career-long 25-yard carry in the fourth quarter.
2018 (True Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports/Scout and Rivals … Ranked as the nation’s No. 20 all-purpose back by 247Sports/Scout and the nation’s No. 39 running back by ESPN … 2017 Tennessee Region 4A co-MVP … One of three finalists for Tennessee’s 4A Mr. Football award as a senior … Three-time all-region honoree … Rushed for 4,269 yards and 45 touchdowns over final two prep seasons (2,065 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 2017, 2,204 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2016) … Two-time team captain … Four-year letterwinner … Selected to participate in 2017 Tennessee East-West All-Star Classic … Coached by Jay Emmons.
Personal: Has four siblings … Grandfather, Lowell Wade, played football at Michigan State … Started playing football at age five … Enjoys fishing … Was a Boys and Girls Club volunteer and volunteered time reading to elementary students as a high-schooler … Majoring in business administration.