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Shakeup at RB for Vols

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08:27 AM ET 09.04 | Saying he was proud Marlin Lane, Derek Dooley gave the running back a boost in confidence. The battle to be Tennessee's No. 1 running back has been reopened after [Lane] bounced back from a subpar August to be the Vols' leading rusher Friday night against North Carolina State. The new depth chart released Monday lists Lane as a co-starter with Devrin Young and Rajion Neal, who won the job out of camp but was criticized by [Dooley] for not being aggressive enough inside. ... Lane rushed for 75 yards on nine carries Friday, while Neal had 53 yards on 22 carries. Young had only two rushing attempts. Neal said he was too greedy in his first game as the top back, looking to bounce outside in an attempt to make a big play.

Knoxville News Sentinel

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September 4, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Thought UTk was a chunking team and not interested in running the ball.

September 4, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Need not to worry running backs, Georgia State is coming to town Saturday and all of you will get to play.

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September 4, 2012  10:46 AM ET

Looks like the Vols may surprise some folks this year.

September 4, 2012  11:14 AM ET

Tennessee does look improved in all facets of the game. Maybe Dooley is turning the program around and will keep his job. They are better off with him than that jerkoff that left hem for USC. Can only wish him and his cheating program the worst of luck. Hope the NCAA nails them again and give them the Death Penalty. Could not happen to a better guy and program. What will AP do then. Still try to keep them number 1 as is their usual. Who votes for AP ranking, just West Coast people.

September 4, 2012  11:44 AM ET
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Looks like the Vols may surprise some folks this year.

LOL, just who might they surprise this year, Georgia State, Akron, Miss State, Troy, Vandy or Kentucky???

September 4, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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LOL, just who might they surprise this year, Georgia State, Akron, Miss State, Troy, Vandy or Kentucky???

I didn't say who or how. : )

September 4, 2012  11:53 AM ET
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I didn't say who or how. : )

Good point, I can also see Washington State beating either Eastern Washington, UNLV or Oregon State. :-)

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September 4, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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Wow, with vision like that, you need an eye exam for sure. The Vols would win the 12 Pac this year.

LOL!!!! I just <hit my depends!!!!

September 4, 2012  12:09 PM ET
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LOL!!!! I just <hit my depends!!!!

I spit all over my 'puter.

September 4, 2012  12:59 PM ET

Petrino has a few good pieces to work with next year......

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September 4, 2012  04:02 PM ET

"Neal said he was too greedy in his first game as the top back, looking to bounce outside in an attempt to make a big play." And Dervin Young did the same thing - running it out to the sidelines, wanting to break the big one, and winding up losing 4 yards. The two of them should be doing stadium steps in pennance. Jay Graham better get EVERY RB on the roster going north & south, or his seat should be hot.

As a Vols fan and alum, I am sick of this hot doggin' weakness of mind, spirit, and teamwork. Marlin Lane was the only RB who did his job properly on 8/31. He should be the #1 starter for the next game, period. Let the other RBs sit on the bench and pray to get another chance to do it right.

Tradditionaly, Tennessee has had a balanced attack. "Air Volunteers" began in the 70s with Condredge Holloway - a complex pro-style passing attack covering the field from out in the flats to deeeeeeeep. Freakishly fast receivers with hands, accurate QBs who can thread a laser to the flanker on a crossing route and throw a perfect spiral 40 yards downfield... but these have always been complimented by powerful, quick RBs who can bruise their way between the tackles, accelerate like supercars, and run in the open field like gazelles. What makes it all come together is an O-line who are equally effective making holes for runners and protecting the passer.

THIS is Tennessee offense. If Double D and his latest staff cannot coach the Vols to manifest it, then they will be gone.

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