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Position Grades: Tennessee 20, Mississippi State 10

Running Backs

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Nathanael: B

The Vols’ running back group didn’t make a ton of “wow” plays on Saturday, but they were very efficient throughout the game, especially so in the fourth quarter when it mattered most. Both Ty Chandler and Tim Jordan fought for extra yardage, and they put together a gritty effort to combine for 122 rushing yards and a touchdown on 35 carries. Jordan also had a clutch nine-yard reception for a first down on the Vols’ final drive to seal the game. It won’t go down as the most memorable performance by UT’s running backs, but both got the job done and helped ice away the game. Eric Gray didn’t do much, but he also wasn’t in the game very often.

Ben: C+

Tennessee’s backs weren’t great, but they weren’t bad. They did just enough to help the team pick up the win. Tim Jordan had a very impressive 15-yard rushing touchdown in which Brandon Kennedy opened up a big hole in the middle of the field. Jordan ultimately finished with 59 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Ty Chandler also had a decent day rushing the football for 63 yards on 16 carries.

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