Vols' running back unit faces final test before SEC play

Vols' running back unit faces final test before SEC play

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Vols' running back unit faces final test before SEC play

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee has one game remaining before SEC play kicks off against Florida.

Being able to run the ball is needed to compete in the SEC and the Vols have a running back unit that can provide a presence in the ground game.

Jeremy Pruitt discussed the competition among the unit with four guys competing for carries ahead of the UTEP game.

“I think those guys have competed really well all fall camp because there is competition,” Pruitt said. “There’s depth there. I look on the scout team and Princeton Fant does a really good job for us every day out there, learning how to run the ball. So those guys compete, and I think that it will be like any other position in that the guys that are productive and kind of earned the right, the trust of the coaches, will get an opportunity.”

The running back unit consists of sophomore Ty Chandler who left the season-opening game against West Virginia with a concussion after four carries. Chandler was held out of the East Tennessee State game and is expected to play against UTEP.

Through two games sophomore Tim Jordan leads Tennessee with 183 rushing yards, freshman Jeremy Banks has totaled 73 yards and graduate transfer Madre London has 53 yards.

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