Position Grades: Vols 30, No. 21 Auburn 24

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    Running Backs

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    Nathanael: B-

    Ty Chandler is the only reason, in my mind, that this unit doesn’t get into the “C’ or worse grade. Chandler had good burst on runs and was once again a dynamic weapon in the passing game. He scored Tennessee’s first touchdown of the game, zipping his way down the field for a 42-yard reception in the second quarter. He finished with 16 carries for 50 yards and five catches for 62 yards. Tim Jordan, however, continues to disappoint me. He’s supposed to be a power back of sorts, but he continues to try and bounce outside and elude defenders rather than falling forward for extra yardage. If Jeremy Banks can ever learn how to hold on to the ball, he needs to start taking over for Jordan. Or maybe redshirt senior Madre London needs more carries (he only had one against Auburn). Jordan did have a nice 19-yard reception, at least.

    Ben: B-

    Like Nathanael said, only reason this group gets a B is because of the play of Ty Chandler. And even Chandler’s best production came through the air. He hauled in five passes for 62 yards and a long touchdown catch that tied the game at 10-10 in the second quarter, while rushing for 50 yards on 16 carries. Tim Jordan added 26 rushing yards on 13 carries to go along with two catches. As a group, Tennessee’s backs rushed for 68 yards on 36 carries. Most days, that’ll get you beat. The Vols were fortunate enough to have a tremendous amount of success through the air to mitigate it.

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