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UT’s Chaney Says His Vols Are Ready To Run

The Tennessee football team has been in pass-first mode the last two seasons, and not just because they’ve spent time coming from behind.  The Volunteers have ranked dead last in rushing yardage in the SEC for two consecutive seasons… a far cry from the ol’ “pound the rock” days of the late-1990s and early-2000s.

Now a spring of focusing on the run game, a new offensive line coach, and a new running backs coach have offensive coordinator Jim Chaney feeling that his unit is growing more physical on the ground:

“More physicality, an appreciation for physicality.  It’s more of an attitude and a demeanor, that they understand that to run the ball we’ve got to hit people.  I feel like we’ve accomplished that.

Live you measure everything else, (it’s on) our video.  Are we hitting people, do we have a desire to hit people?  Same damn thing you’re looking for on Saturdays.  Does somebody look like they want to hit somebody?  You know, that’s it in a nutshell.  Everybody sees a guy that pulls away from contact.  We’re trying to avoid that, trying not to put those guys on the field.”

With last year’s leading rusher Tauren Poole having graduated, the Vols are likely to try and go the ballcarrier-by-committee route this fall.


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