Madre London on the running back unit: 'We want to be the leaders of the team, the spark of the offense'

Madre London on the running back unit: 'We want to be the leaders of the team, the spark of the offense'

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Madre London on the running back unit: 'We want to be the leaders of the team, the spark of the offense'

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee rushed for 129 yards in the season-opening game against West Virginia. The Vols were led by Tim Jordan’s 118 yards and one touchdown.

In the second game of the season against East Tennessee State, the Vols rushed for 190 yards behind a running back by committee.

Jordan led in rushing yards with 65, freshman Jeremy Banks rushed for 62 and scored two touchdowns, and graduate transfer Madre London rushed for 47 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

London met with media following the 59-3 win over East Tennessee State and discussed the running back unit.

“We want to be the leaders of the team, the spark of the offense, so we hang our hat on being the leaders,” London said. “Every day at practice that’s what we try to do, run hard and carry over to the game.”

After Banks’ two-touchdown performance, London understands that Banks needs to stay level-headed and continue to get better.

“He came out and played well,” London said of Banks. “Many more for him. He’s going to be a good football player for Tennessee, but he’s still got to work. We can’t get big headed, stay level headed and just keep working week in and week out.”

Tennessee has play-makers throughout the offense that can feed off of the running back unit. London feels that the offense can be explosive as the season continues by focusing on details.

“It can be an explosive offense when we’re paying attention to the details and executing well and limiting the mistakes,” he said.

The Vols will take on UTEP next and the Miners enter the contest 0-2. In a 52-24 defeat to UNLV, UTEP gave up 533 total yards with 414 coming on the ground. In the season-opening game, UTEP lost to Northern Arizona, 30-10. The Miners gave up 318 total yards and 107 on the ground to Northern Arizona.

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