Transcript: Ty Chandler Georgia Week Media Avail

Ty Chandler – Vols RB / Credit: UT Athletics

Ty Chandler, Sr., RB

On the biggest improvement in the run game from South Carolina to Missouri…

“Just knowing assignments, attention to detail. Really just going out there and playing our game, being able to execute.”

On having 32 carries with no lost yardage and keeping that stat against Georgia…

“We definitely take pride in that, in being able to get back to the line of scrimmage. Getting more yards than what the play is blocked for, that’s what we take pride in, that’s what’s preached to us every day and that’s what we try to do. That’s what we focus on in practice. It’s a big challenge (preventing negative plays). A challenge we are looking forward to but we have to accept the opportunity and get ready for it, just go seize the moment. They have a great defense, I’m looking forward to it and I know the whole team is looking forward to it as well.”

On his prior matchups with Georgia…

“They always have a solid team, a good defense. That’s what I recall, but I also recall us having being able to have success on some plays. That’s what we got to be able to do, hone in on the details, focus up and take this week as another game and another opportunity to go out and get better.”

On how he and Eric Gray complement each other as running backs…

“A great one-two punch. He’s a great running back himself and he comes into the room ready to work every day and that pushes me and has me ready to work. I love being in the room with him, great dude on and off the field. I love having him in the running back room.”

On offseason preparation for potentially being on the field with Eric Gray…

“That’s some stuff we did work on. I think that’s more than likely to happen but I don’t really know. It’s going to be something. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

On what John Kelly taught him and what he teaches the freshmen…

“Those guys were great mentors for me. They helped me find my way along here at the University of Tennessee. That’s what I’m trying to do for these guys, give back and be there for them when I can. If there’s something they need I want to be able to help them get that; I just want to see them be successful here. That’s my main thing.”

 On being the SEC-leading rusher…

“It’s a blessing, I have to thank God and big shout out to my momma. And shout out to the offensive line, all those guys: Trey (Smith), Cade (Mays), Darnell (Wright), Jahmir (Johnson), BK (Brandon Kennedy), Wanya (Morris) and all those guys are doing a great job and I want to give back to them. Work for them like they work for me.”

On what a Georgia matchup means to him…

“A respectable opponent. They have a tough defense, they’re known for that, and I think everyone is looking forward to it. It’s just another game for us but as long as we focus in on our details and do our job, I feel like we can be great. That’s what I’m looking forward to; just going out and being able to get better.”

-UT Athletics

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