Tennessee football: 5 bold predictions for the Vols 2018 season

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 14: Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs with the ball defended by D.J. Smith #24 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half at Neyland Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 14: Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs with the ball defended by D.J. Smith #24 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half at Neyland Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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KNOXVILLE, TN – September 09: Ty Chandler #3 of the Tennessee Volunteers avoids a tackle from Ethan Cox #16 and Lonnie Walker II #2 of the Indiana State Sycamores during the first half of the game at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017, in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

No.3 – Ty Chandler will rush for 1,000 yards

Another bold prediction that includes stats is Ty Chandler will rush for 1,000 yards. This would be a huge jump for the second year back. But, he shared the backfield with John Kelly last season.

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  • Chandler rushed for 305 yards on 71 carries and two touchdowns last season. Like Guarantano, Chandler’s best game came against the Kentucky Wildcats. Chandler scored two touchdowns on 22 carries for 120 yards.

    The last 1,000-yard rusher from the running back position was Jalen Hurd in 2015. That season Hurd ran the ball 277 times for 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    Before Hurd, Rajion Neal rushed for 1,124 yards on 215 carries and scored 12 touchdowns. Don’t get me wrong; Neal was a decent running back that ran hard. He displayed a little too much side to side running but still gained over 1,000 yards.

    The big question if Chandler can achieve that record is if the offensive line stays healthy and can actually block. In the recent past, the offensive line has struggled, and it has impacted the running game. It took highly athletic and talented players to overcome the struggles.

    There is no question that Chandler has the talent to run for 1,000 yards. The question is, will he get the chance?