Tennessee will need running back position to be strength in 2018
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Tennessee picked up a commitment on Sunday from Michigan State graduate transfer Madre London. The former Spartans running back gives the Vols an experienced power running back and will provide depth at the position.
I think this has taken what could have been a weakness on the 2018 team and turned it into a strength.
London and sophomore Ty Chandler have the ability to create a strong backfield pairing. At 6-foot-1, 218-pounds, London is a bruising back fit for short-yardage situations. Chandler has a slighter frame at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, but has a quick first step and is a touchdown threat each time he touches the ball.
London rushed for 924 yards and scored 8 touchdowns in his three years at Michigan State. Chandler rushed for 305 yards and 2 touchdowns last season.
Either as the feature back alone likely wouldn’t be able to handle the burden of SEC punishment. Together, it’s an intriguing mix of power and speed.
Sophomore Tim Jordan and signee Jeremy Banks also could push for some leftover carries throughout the season.
Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton plans to switch to a pro-style scheme with a heavy use of the power run game. It seems the running backs will get plenty of opportunities to shine next season.
This is why it was so important for coach Jeremy Pruitt to win the recruiting battles for London and Banks.
With question marks at offensive line, quarterback and defensive secondary. Running back is a stable position with depth. Tennessee will rely on it plenty in 2018.
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