Vols' Eric Gray would love to be first 1,000-yard rusher in 10-game SEC schedule

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Tennessee running back Eric Gray looks for running room against BYU last September in Neyland Stadium.

Somebody could make Southeastern Conference football history this season by becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher against a 10-game league schedule.

Tennessee sophomore Eric Gray wouldn't mind having that distinction.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder from Memphis erupted at the end of last season, shredding Vanderbilt for 246 yards on 25 carries and following that up with a 14-carry, 86-yard showing in the Gator Bowl against Indiana. Gray earned MVP honors with his performance in Jacksonville but knows that averaging 100 yards per week against league opposition would be quite the task.

"We're going to have to take care of our bodies for sure for that to happen, and it would be a great thing to do," Gray said Thursday on a Zoom call. "If you can go out there and play 10 straight SEC games and go out there and put 1,000 yards up - who knows? Maybe you can put 2,000 yards up.