When Jeremy Pruitt took over and added Tyson Helton as offensive coordinator, the questions arose. Would Tennessee football focus more on a power running game, would they use speedy backs, or would they go by-committee?
The return of Ty Chandler gave them a speedy option, but the addition of graduate transfer Madre London and four-star true freshman Jeremy Banks suggests more of a focus on power backs. But what if none of those guys become the feature back for the Vols this year?
Tim Jordan picked up Butch Jones’s offense faster than any of the young running backs last year. This year, he appears to be continuing that trend. The coaches have been raving about him in Helton’s offense, and he played very well in the first scrimmage.
At 5’11” 203 pounds, he’s built more like Chandler. But there’s clearly room for a speedy back in the system with those two, and Jordan could very possibly be a starter in the system, at the very least along with somebody else.
Because of that, you have to figure that Jordan has a great chance to surprise everybody on Rocky Top this year. What if he becomes a big-time player at least in the passing game or on special teams? All of that matters.
Entering his sophomore year, Jordan figures to clearly have a major role. He is already no worse than the No. 3 or No. 4 back in the system. Getting to No. 2 or No. 1, which would mean seeing lots of carries, is a strong possibility.