By: Chandler Smith
The All Vol Call in Show
August 14, 2019
Much like in most conferences, in SEC football, the running back is a position that is heavily relied on. Most of the conference’s games are won by the team who establishes the run game the best.
This season, Tennessee has the luxury of returning it’s leading rusher from a year ago: Ty Chandler.
Chandler is a junior from Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy. In high school, he was a two-time Mr. Tennessee Football Award winner. He chose Tennessee in August of his senior season, picking them over his father’s Alma mater, Ole Miss.
Chandler appeared in all 12 games his freshman season. He broke the 100-yard rushing mark once that season (at Kentucky, 102) on his way to 305 yards and two touchdowns.
His biggest impact came from the special teams side of the ball, where he added 416 return yards and another touchdown during the season.
During his sophomore campaign, Chandler led the team in rushing with 630 yards. He set his career-high against Texas-El Paso when he tallied 158 yards on just 12 carries.
During the middle part of that same season, Chandler became more involved in the passing game. Over a four-game stretch, he caught 19 passes for 291 yards, including three for touchdowns.
Coming into his third season, Ty Chandler will be one of the more dangerous players on offense. When you combine his speed, field awareness, and pass catching ability, it’s easy to see why he was named to the Doak Walker Preseason watch list.