Will Tennessee replace John Kelly with physical running back?
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Tennessee does have a back who has the potential to special in Ty Chandler. Every time he touched the ball his freshman season it seemed like he had the ability to break a big run.
I’m assuming you’re asking about a power back, though. That is fair since Chandler is more of a spread back at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. He isn’t going to run over too many defenders.
The big power back that has been associated with Alabama offenses might have been signed in December. The Vols offered Cordova (Tenn.) High School product Jeremy Banks about two weeks before the early signing period. Banks came up to Knoxville for an official visit and was sold on the program and coaching staff.
Banks is a 6-2, 215-pound back who doesn’t waste much movement with the ball. He is running north and south when he gets the ball. He rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns last season.
Banks is a power back who fits into the pro-style system that offensive coordinator Tyson Helton will implement.
Sophomore Tim Jordan is 5-11, 196 pounds, so he has similar size to Chandler. Jordan is more of a straight-line runner, which makes him seem like a physical back.
Make no mistake, though, Chandler will be the feature back next season. He’s electric with the ball in his hands. He rushed for 305 yards and 2 touchdowns last season as a backup.
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