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What Can Ty Chandler Do?

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Sophomore running back Ty Chandler was supposed to be one of the main features in Tennessee’s offense this season. But thus far, he’s been severely limited thanks to injury.

Chandler only got four carries and totaled negative four yards on those carries against West Virginia before exiting the game after taking a big hit to the head. He didn’t play at all last week against ETSU either. But Chandler stands a good chance of playing on Saturday, and he’ll need to show what he can do to UT’s coaches to prove he deserves to get touches in what’s become a very crowded backfield.

In Chandler’s absence, both Tim Jordan and Jeremy Banks have flashed plenty of play-making ability and potential. Jordan leads the team with 183 rushing yards on 35 carries while Banks ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries last week. Even Madre London got involved last week, carrying the ball eight times for 47 yards and two scores.

Last season, Chandler made the most of his limited opportunities and showed some big play-making ability. He’s yet to have a chance at doing so this year, but he should have ample opportunity this weekend assuming he plays.

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