Tennessee’s run game has been very bad since they entered SEC play. A lot of that falls on the offensive line’s shoulders, but UT’s running backs didn’t have a good game on Saturday either. Ty Chandler was once again better in the passing game than the running game, but he still proved to be the most dangerous of the backs on the Vols’ roster. His receiving touchdown and effectiveness in the passing game gives this grade a little boost. I did think Tim Jordan had his best game in a while, running for 50 yards on 14 carries. He and Chandler combined for 71 rushing yards on 23 carries, but Madre London lost yards on his two carries. After factoring in sacks, the Vols finished with just 31 rushing yards on 30 carries.
This grade should be a lot worse because the backs combined to rush for 66 yards. But because of the offensive line struggles, this group can’t display their true abilities. Behind an average o-line, Ty Chandler and Tim Jordan would be regarded as one of the best running back duos in the conference. Chandler only received nine carries, which is far too little for such an explosive play-maker. When he did receive a carry, there simply wasn’t anywhere to go. The same can be said for Jordan, who did churn out 50 hard-earned yards on 14 carries. Jordan ran with toughness and should continue to receive 10-to-14 carries each games, as should Chandler.