But that's not the whole picture. Playing fast means running the ball fast, too.
And the young season's biggest test arrives Saturday in the person of the dreaded Florida Gator defense.
Dreaded? Yes, dreaded. Reviewing UT's seven-year losing streak to the Gators uncovers some ugly rushing totals.
On Dooley's watch, there is 29 yards (2010) and minus-9 (2011).
Those are real numbers, too. Think Fahrenheit, not Celsius.
An annual September ritual during Florida week is reciting the warning that the team that wins the rushing battle almost certainly wins the game.
The stat is so reliable it's under review to become the eighth maxim.
Therefore, I pose two questions:
One, what exactly is the state of the rushing game at this ascending moment for the program?
Two, given the production of Bray and his receivers, does it really matter if the Vols can run or not? Is slamming into the line just a waste of time?
First, Bray will answer question number two.
"We're always going to need the run game,'' he said this week, "because we have play-action passes.
"If you just throw, throw, throw, the play-action doesn't do anything.''
Really? You can see a difference in how defenses react to play-action if you don't show some run?
"Oh, yeah,'' said Bray. "You can tell a big difference.''
As for the first question, there is good news and bad news.
The Vols, probably for a variety of reasons, still struggle to convert short-yardage situations. And that's a handicap for any team, any season.
On the other hand, there is bottom-line progress.
After two games in 2011, Tennessee averaged 127 yards a game and 3.1 yards per carry. This year after two games, the numbers are 187.5 yards and 4.63 per carry.
"We're running about a football field more than we did last year at this point,'' Dooley said.
"Of course, we haven't gone against this league. So this will be a good test for us.''
Florida's front seven is formidable, even without injured linebacker Jelani Jenkins. The Gators stonewalled Texas A&M in the second half last week.
Tennessee's forte is throwing the ball. But as a skillful passer named Bray said, mixing in yardage on the ground makes the machine run smoother.
None of UT's running backs has made anyone for
get Jamal Lewis or even Montario Hardesty. No one expects a night like Travis Stephens popped on the Gators in 2001.
Whether it's Rajion Neal, Marlin Lane, Devrin Young or even Quenshaun Watson, the only shot at success Saturday night is being decisive.
"It is important that these backs hit the holes fast,'' said Dooley, "because if you dance around on these guys, it's negative two.''
Negative two. The Vols have been there, done that. I don't recommend it if you want to remember what it feels like to beat Florida.