The Memphis offense will be without one of its most potent weapons in 2020 as running back Kenneth Gainwell is the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season, according to 247Sports. It is not known whether the COVID-19 pandemic factored into his decision making.
Gainwell exploded onto the scene for the Tigers in 2019. Patrick Taylor opened as the team's primary back tasked with replacing Darrell Henderson (who rushed for over 1,900 yards in 2018), but he went down with an injury early in the season. In stepped Gainwell, and he never gave the job back while providing a significant boost for the Tigers on the ground and the passing game.