It is hard to poke holes in a 38-7 blowout win, but the Tennessee Volunteers are doing it. The Volunteers know their run game has to improve for them to have any chance of ending their bowl drought.
Tennessee rushed for only 110 yards on 39 carries against Utah State. That’s less than three yards a carry and their longest run the entire game was only nine yards. It’s also not surprising. The Volunteers lost all five starting offensive linemen from last year’s squad.
Offensive lineman Mack Crowder says it’s all part of growing as a team.
“We obviously have room for improvement and it’s not where we want to be, but you know that’s almost expected for the first game, all of us playing together for the first time, so we went back to the film and so a whole bunch of things we’re going to correct.”
Correcting those mistakes will get even harder as the team looks to replace left tackle Jacob Gilliam who was lost for the season with a torn knee ligament.