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Tennessee Spring Practice Preview

Bottom line up front: Our running game blew chunks last year and looks to suck equally bad this year.

Spring starts: March 26

Biggest plus: Tennessee’s passing game has the ability to improve even with receiver Justin Hunter remaining sidelined from the torn ACL he suffered early last season. Da’Rick Rogers is the SEC’s top returning catcher after amassing 1,040 yards last year, and joining the position is Cordarelle Patterson, a two-time All-American from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. All three receivers have definite NFL potential, and if Patterson catches on quickly this spring and Hunter is back to form in August, the Vols could pose plenty of problems once the season starts.

Biggest challenge: For the passing game to click, the Vols will need help from their running game. They have ranked last in the SEC in rushing for two straight years, and Marlin Lane, who averaged 23.3 yards a game and 3.7 yards a carry, is the team’s top returning tailback. The offensive line is a concern, as is the linebacker situation, where A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt will have to go from overachieving freshmen to unit leaders.

Spring game: April 21
SEC East teams’ spring objectives | timesfreepress.com

About Capers Bar

I am retired Army officer. I used to fly helicopters and airplanes while I was in the Army. Nowadays, I do other things that are not so cool and sexy. I decided to write about my journey or whatever you want to call it towards running a half-marathon this fall. I have been running since 1983, I have run the Duke City full and half marathons. I don't run that fast anymore, I did win a 10K when I was 21, those days are mercifully past me. The fastest mile I have turned is a 5:05 during one of those Army physical fitness test 2 mile runs. The point I am making is that I am old, slow, and experienced runner. I named the blog after my running buddy, Bandit, an Australian Blue Heeler. He is my 3rd K-9 running buddy, the previous two dogs were black labs. I hope to write about some of my discussions that I have with Bandit in the future. I once owned, but since sold and a satirical and irreverent sports blog that was moderately successful. I was published in the left-wing national sports media by Sports Illustrated and ESPN. I am "stuck" in Alabama working for a military contractor. I am working so fricking hard to get back to Southeast New Mexico or West Texas. Fingers and toes crossed.

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