KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton insists that the Vols will be able to run the football even when everyone in the stadium knows it’s coming.
Much of that has to do with the offensive line, but, ultimately, great backs often find a way to get that first yard on their own.
Tennessee has a stable full of backs lined up to earn the job, so it could take the Vols coaching staff awhile to sort through the candidates.
Returning sophomore tailback Ty Chandler could have the power to make that yard as well as provide the explosive element Helton has said Tennessee will feature.
Coach Jeremy Pruitt isn’t so sure and hasn’t settled on any favorite in the backfield.
With 6-foot-1, 218-pound Michigan State graduate transfer Madre London on the way, along with 6-2, 220-pound freshman Jeremy Banks, the running back competition will be worth keeping an eye on.
Things such as ball security, pass protection and route running will all factor in.
But in the end, Tennessee’s staff will be looking for that back it can count on to get the tough yards in the clutch.
Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss the Vols’ running back platoon possibilities on the podcast.
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