Tennessee running back Ty Chandler and wide receiver Brandon Johnson met with the media on Friday afternoon.
Johnson took a redshirt last season but is eager to hit the field and get his season started.
“As far as sitting out for a year, it wasn’t fun sitting back and watching my teammates go to battle every game last season. But now that I’m in it and now that we’re getting so close to game time, I’m just excited. I can’t wait to go. I think that time off really just helped me take a step back and look at the game from the outside in, so to speak. It really allowed me to kind of get my game in order as far as mentally, really mentally. Working on the physical aspect as well, routes. You can never stop working in the game of football. There’s so much you can do to improve yourself, rather it be mentally or physically, so I’ve just been working all around.”
“I would say just my confidence level. Confidence level. That’s probably the number one thing. I’m so excited just to get back out there and play man. I can’t wait.”
Chandler is looking to build upon last season and is excited to have the opportunity to run behind this year’s offensive line.
“I’m looking forward to working with those guys again; they’re a great group of guys. They come out every day and work hard. I’m grateful to be able to run behind them. They’re a bunch of big guys up front and I feel like we can build off and be even better than where we were last year. We are going to keep building and I’m looking forward to it. Those guys have been working their butts off and I’m excited to run behind them.”
The Vols have themselves a two-headed monster in the backfield, with the progression of Eric Gray. Chandler spoke very highly of his teammate.
“No doubt. Like they say, iron sharpens iron. I’m just grateful to be able to be in the room with him. He has a great skill set he brings to the game and he’s even taught me things. We talk about stuff all the time and we just feed off each other. I’m grateful to be able to go out there and compete with him. I feel like he gets me better, he gets the whole team better, I love it.”
Jay Graham took over for David Johnson as the new running back coach for the Vols. Chandler spoke very highly of his new coach.
“He brings a positive energy to the table. Just a great attitude overall, he’s taught me a lot about angles, taking on defenders and being able to read blocks, stuff of that nature. He’s improved my game a ton and helped me take it to the next level. Overall, a great mentor a great guy to learn from and I’ve enjoyed the time being with him.”
Tennessee will need these two leaders to be a big part of production this season if the Vols are going to put up enough points, and it sounds like Chandler and Johnson are up to the challenge.
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