Tennessee seeks improvement from rushing attack

Radio host Jayson Swain gives WBIR his Thursday Vols Talker.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The loss of a 1,000-yard rusher and all five starters on last year's offensive line are creating plenty of obstacles for Tennessee in its attempt to establish a rushing attack.

In an otherwise impressive 38-7 season-opening victory over Utah State, Tennessee rushed for only 110 yards on 39 attempts.

The Volunteers' longest run from scrimmage was 9 yards.Tennessee will try to boost that rushing attack Saturday against Arkansas State (1-0) while replacing left tackle Jacob Gilliam, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Utah State.

The Vols' early rushing struggles shouldn't come as a surprise.

Tennessee is replacing Rajion Neal, who rushed for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior last season.

Senior Marlin Lane and freshman Jalen Hurd are running behind a line with no returning starters.


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