There’s been a lot of talk about exactly what new Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Tyson Helton want out of the running back position. If their past stops have proven anything, it’s that they’d rather see big backs in this offense, guys seemingly more willing and able to take the pounding of an SEC schedule.
Ty Chandler might force them to change their direction.
The sophomore from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville is the Vols fastest back, proving that with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Indiana State in only his second collegiate game.
When John Kelly was suspended for the Kentucky contest last season, Chandler picked up the slack. Chandler ran for 120 yards on 22 carries to go along with two touchdowns against the Wildcats, plus 33 receiving yards in his only career start.
Yes he is only 5’11”, but the off-season conditioning program seems to have been a benefit. Chandler is listed on the roster at 201 pounds.
For a Tennessee offense that was severely lacking in big plays a year ago, Chandler could be an answer to solving that riddle.
Chandler will have to fight off Michigan State grad transfer Madre London for playing time, along with fellow sophomores Tim Jordan and Trey Coleman and incoming freshman Jeremy Banks.
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