Tennessee adds grad transfer RB Madre London from Michigan State

Madre London
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Tennessee looks to be getting another challenger for its starting running back job, as Michigan State’s Madre London tweeted Sunday that he will play his final season for the Vols.

The Vols’ starting running back job is vacant with the departure of John Kelly a season early to the NFL. Sophomore-to-be Ty Chandler is the front-runner for the job, but there is little experience at the position. Chandler has 71 career carries, and that is the most of any running back on the roster.

London (6 feet 1, 218 pounds) lacks top-end speed, but he is a physical between-the-tackles runner who rushed for 924 yards and eight TDs on 230 carries in three seasons with the Spartans; he made eight career starts for Michigan State. He rushed for 304 yards last season; his best season was in 2015, when he ran for 500 yards.

London played for prep powerhouse Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas.

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He is the second Power Five grad transfer to choose the Vols this month. Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst, who has a legitimate chance to start this fall for the Vols, is the other.

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