KNOXVILLE - Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said avoiding fumbles is the biggest concern for the running backs who must replace injured starter Rajion Neal on Saturday.
Neal, who injured his ankle in last week’s loss to Mississippi State is doubtful for Saturday when the Vols (3-3, 0-3 SEC) play No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0) at Neyland Stadium (TV: ESPN, 7 p.m.)
“(Fumbles) are what scares you the most,” Chaney said.
He said he was pleased with the job done by Devrin Young, who led the team in rushing last week, but was concerned about his costly fumble. Chaney said that’s sometimes a product of backups not getting enough high-level reps before thrown into the game. Both Neal and backup Marlin Lane missed the second half last week.
“We’ve got to do a better job of ball security in our offense,” Chaney said.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.