Alvin Kamara made Tennessee fans cheer quite often this season as he helped lead the program to its most wins since since 2007. He may have induced an even bigger cheer off the field.
The redshirt sophomore running back announced Monday he is coming back for his junior season, sources confirmed to InsideTennessee, joining cornerback Cameron Sutton and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin in passing on an opportunity to declare for the NFL Draft to return to the Vols in 2016.
The former Scout five-star recruit collected 698 yards in 107 attempts last season, scoring seven touchdowns and averaging 6.52 yards per carry — good for third in the SEC. Kamara racked up two 100-yard games (144 vs. Bowling Green, 127 vs. North Texas) and notched multiple touchdowns in five games as a weapon both in the backfield and on the perimeter.
Kamara helped Tennessee rush for 2,908 yards in 2015, the second-best rushing season in program history.