Scheme isn't the issue.
Really there's nothing too complex about the play that could be changed for Tennessee.
Lack of reps also wouldn't appear to be a problem.
Even with some recent struggles in execution, the number of times the play is run in practice isn't going to be different either.
There's no question the quarterback sneak has been a sore spot for the Vols over the last couple weeks, but they appear to know how it can be fixed. It just can't exactly be done on a chalkboard or the practice field as UT gets ready for Middle Tennessee State (2-5, 1-3 Sun Belt) on Saturday (TV: FSTN, 7 p.m.).
"The whole thing about the quarterback sneak is, that's just a pride play," center Alex Bullard said. "It's just basically whoever wants it more.
"It's not scheme, it's not what play we're running. You need to get an inch, you put your hand down and you go."
The Vols (3-5, 0-5 SEC) have gone with that basic short-yardage approach a few times on critical fourth-down attempts over the last two games, but twice it hasn't been enough to pick up the necessary inches to move the chains.
At Alabama, a stuffed sneak by Matt Simms dramatically swung the momentum when the defense gave up a touchdown on the next play. Last week against South Carolina, the Vols again failed to nudge the ball much further than the line of scrimmage with Justin Worley taking the snap and the plunge — though that didn't cost them anything more than the end of a drive and field position.
But that doesn't make it any more palatable for UT, which has shown a willingness to gamble on fourth down when it needs a yard or less but an inconsistent ability to make it pay off by going just 3-of-7 this season.
"Six inches, the ball's right there, you just grab it and push it over that far," offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said. "It seems relatively simple, but unfortunately we're making it rather complex. We're struggling with that right now.
"As a coach, when things don't go your way, you think about a billion different things -- what you do, what you call, what you don't call. But at the end of the day, you lay your head down and you know what's right and wrong. A sneak is an easy play to do to get four-to-six inches, and you'd like to be able to go out there and execute it with a measured amount of success."
The Vols found some late in the game with Simms plowing ahead, sneaking for a first down to keep a drive alive and improving their conversion rate for the season.
At their current pace, the odds are still against the Vols when they roll the dice on fourth-and-1. But they at least know what it will take to swing them in their favor.
"On the first one we ran, they got up under us and we didn't do a good job of pushing them off the ball," Bullard said. "That was our fault. The second time, we drove them out of there and got some yards.
"That's all pride."
Majors Honor: The SEC didn't have to really specify a position for Bobby Majors.
It's just calling him a legend.
The versatile UT great who made a mark as a standout defensive back, a returner on special teams, a wide receiver and even a punter will be honored by the conference as part of the "Weekend of Champions" in Atlanta leading up to the conference title game on Dec. 3.
Majors will represent the Vols at the league's marquee event as recognition for a career that included All-SEC honors in 1970 and '71, as well as a spot on the All-America team as a senior.
Hot Corner: As the mixing and matching continues in the secondary, it looks as though the Vols are going back to where they started at cornerback.
After some early struggles, freshman Justin Coleman appears to be in line for a return to the starting lineup — where he opened the year for two games before a couple big plays led to UT looking elsewhere.
With Brent Brewer's season-ending knee injury forcing Prentiss Waggner back to safety, Coleman is in line for a chance to make up for his early struggles.
"I think this week will be a good indicator," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "He's going to play a little bit more this week, you know, last week we kind of moved him up but Prentiss was still at corner.
"We're going to see how much he's progressed, but he's doing some good things at practice, did a couple good things in the Alabama game, so we'll see."