Former Tennessee running back Ty Chandler has made his decision. He’ll be joining Mack Brown’s North Carolina Tar Heels for his final season of college football.
Chandler made the announcement on Tuesday, while former Tennessee assistant Robert Gillespie welcomed him.
Chandler fell clearly behind Eric Gray on the depth chart at the close of the 2019 season. With Cody Brown and Tiyon Evans entering the picture next season, Chandler opted to look around for a better opportunity.
North Carolina is looking to replace production from Javante Williams and Michael Carter in 2021.
The Nashville native ends his Tennessee career with 3,291 all-purpose yards, good for fifth in school history. He led the Volunteers in rushing during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, running for just over 2,000 yards in his career.
He enters Phil Longo’s high-scoring offense, which will likely fit him better than Tennessee’s tradition I-Formation attack. Chandler was always a guy that needed to operate in space more, and frankly, Tennessee didn’t do enough of that with him. Getting him more involved in the passing game, maybe even some work out of the slot would maximize his abilities.
The former top 100 overall recruit now has an opportunity to end his college career on a high note in perhaps a less crowded situation in Chapel Hill.