KNOXVILLE — If there was a noticeable change in Alvin Kamara when he returned to the practice field Monday for Tennessee, his Volunteers teammates didn’t really notice it.
Kamara, hurt midway through the Vols’ blowout loss to Alabama on Oct. 15, practiced with his teammates on Haslam Field as Tennessee initiated its week of practice for Saturday’s pivotal SEC Eastern Division clash with rival Kentucky (12 p.m., SECN).
“Alvin looked like Alvin, like he always does,” said fourth-year junior left tackle Brett Kendrick. “Explosive, fast.”
Added quarterback Joshua Dobbs, “It will be exciting, we saw what Alvin and JK (John Kelly) can do together in the Texas A&M game. Definitely exciting to see him back on the field, running around and at practice. He’s going to be back making plays for us.”
Kamara had been doing individual drills and working outside of Tennessee’s practices, but Monday was his first time back out with his teammates. The Vols practice again Tuesday afternoon at 4:20.
“Alvin, he’s trying to work his way back,” said junior defensive tackle Kendal Vickers, who noted Kamara was on the practice field Monday. “I’m not really sure where he’s at with that.”
Kamara had blossomed in the games that led up to the loss to the top-ranked Tide. The junior, in his second season as a Vol after transferring from Alabama to the junior college level, had combined for more than 400 all-purpose yards in Tennessee’s back-to-back games against Georgia and Texas A&M.