Minnesota’s Chandler selected in the fifth round


LAS VEGAS – Running back to the University of North Carolina Ty Chandler was selected in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings with the 169th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. Chandler becomes the 247th tar heel selected in the NFL draft and the 41st running back. He is the 10th Tar Heel chosen by the Vikings.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to continue my football career,” said Chandler. “It’s been a long journey, but the day is finally here. I wouldn’t be here without the help of various people along the way, but I want to say a big thank you to my family for standing by me and believing in me. I also want to thank all the coaches, staff and teammates that I’ve worked with during my career was allowed to work together. This was a team effort and now it’s on to the next chapter. I’m excited about a Minnesota Viking and can’t wait to get started.”

Ty Chandler came to Carolina with a lot of potential and we thought he was going to have a great year,” said Carolina’s head coach Mack Brown. “That’s exactly what he did. He grew into offense with his combination of pace and speed and was extremely productive for us. Ty was also great in the dressing room as an experienced presence and was voted captain by his teammates. We are so happy that he has chosen to spend his senior year with us at Chapel Hill and we can’t wait to see what he achieves at the next level.”

Chandler started all 13 games as a running back in his only season with the Tar Heels in 2021. He was named an All-ACC second team after leading the team with 1,092 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. He added 15 receptions for 216 yards and a TD reception.

Chandler threatened to score every time he touched the ball and had seven rushes for 50 yards or more in his career, including four with UNC. He also added a 75-yard receiving TD against Duke last fall. He exploded for a career-high 213 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns against Wake Forest, becoming the first Carolina player to have four points on the ground since Leon Johnson in 1993.

Chandler played 45 games and made 25 starts in Tennessee from 2017-2020. He totaled 2,015 rushing yards and ranks fifth in UT history with 3,245 all-purpose yards.


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