KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jeremy Pruitt is the first to admit that when it comes to running backs, he does indeed have favorites.
“I know from the defensive side, those big backs, over the course of time, they fall forward a bunch of times,” Pruitt said, “and they can handle a lot more licks.”
Most presumed sophomore Ty Chandler would assume the starting duties this season, based on his acceleration and home run top speed.
But not so fast.
Tim Jordan provided the most exciting run in the Orange and White Game, a 29-yard effort.
Further, two of those bigger sort of backs whom Pruitt prefers are set to arrive in June.
Chandler was most recently listed at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds last season, while Jordan’s height and weight were 5-11 and 196, respectively.
Michigan State graduate transfer Madre London (6-1, 218) and incoming freshman Jeremy Banks (6-2, 220) are both expected to compete for carries right away.
It seems a certainty that, regardless of who starts, there will be a rotation.
There’s more of a mystery of if, or how often, Tennessee will operate with a fullback.
Tight end Austin Pope lined up there on occasion in the spring game and converted tight end Princeton Fant presents the sort of size needed (6-2, 225) to play the position.
- Projected starter: Ty Chandler
- Pressing issue(s): Establishing a hierarchy, identifying roles
- Big concern: Inability to establish ground game rhythm