Ty Chandler and Eric Gray are the Vols’ premier running backs, and we will be seeing them both a lot throughout the season.
Jim Chaney is returning as Tennessee football’s offensive coordinator, and he had a tough decision to make this summer. Does he stick with Ty Chandler as the starting running back, or does he want to go with the young guy who had a great finish to the 2019 season, Eric Gray?
Chaney spoke at the Knoxville Quarterback Club over the weekend and announced his decision about who he will be playing at running back.
It seems like he went with the easiest answer as he said he’s going with both running backs. Either Chandler or Gray will be on the field “all of the time.”
"“You’re going to see Ty and Eric out there all the time. If they’re off the field, I’ve either had a heart attack or something’s happened,” Chaney said."
This was a question on a lot of Tennessee fans’ minds throughout the offseason. Chaney didn’t announce who is going to be on the field more or if they will be splitting time 50/50, but he has two talented running backs in the backfield that are ready to get the ball every play, so I think it’ll depend on who has the hot start to the season.
If there’s any position group I’m excited to watch this season, it’s the running backs. Gray and Chandler have the opportunity to be a dominant force in the SEC if Chaney is able to use them both to their best ability while mixing in passing plays for Jarrett Guarantano.
With Tennessee losing its two best wide receivers to graduation this offseason, the Vols could lean on the running game, especially early, to make big plays.
The Vols kick off their ten-game SEC schedule this Saturday at South Carolina at 7:30 pm ET on the SEC Network.