KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Volunteers are hoping fresh legs in the backfield will kickstart the offense in the 2009 season.
Coach Lane Kiffin will have freshman top recruit Bryce Brown and fellow newcomer David Oku to hand the ball off to once the season starts. The Volunteers are hoping to improve upon an offense that was 115th nationally in 2008.
Kiffin says the presence of the two backs, along with a new zone blocking scheme, should help Tennessee replicate the final two games last year against Kentucky and Vanderbilt, which were won by the Volunteers by a combined 28 points.
Kiffin says Brown looks like the "real deal" who has a "superstar presence" about him. All-American Safety Eric Berry says Oku, an all-purpose back, looks to be an asset too.