Tailback tandem working for Tennessee Vols

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones motions towards Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) and Tennessee running back Marlin Lane (15) during the second half against Western Kentucky
at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones motions towards Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) and Tennessee running back Marlin Lane (15) during the second half against Western Kentucky at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Vols go through Oregon practice

KNOXVILLE -- For James Stone and his fellow Tennessee offensive linemen, it doesn't matter whether it's Rajion Neal or Marlin Lane lining up behind them at tailback.

Most of the time, the veteran front five don't even know for which one they're blocking.

Through the season's first two games, Neal and Lane have formed a productive platoon, and Tennessee certainly will need both to continue operating at their current 6.6-yard-per-carry clip when the Vols visit second-ranked Oregon on Saturday.

"I don't really feel like there's a dropoff, man," Stone said following Tuesday afternoon's practice. "I think the O-line, through camp, we developed a lot of confidence in both guys. A lot of times we don't even know which one is in until after we see them get past the line of scrimmage."

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johndavid writes:

One is averaging over a yard more per carry for his career.

wigmeister writes:

Saves legs. Will become a benefit later in the season.

johnlg00 writes:

Doesn't it seem like there should be more to this article? Brown usually goes into more depth than this.

johnlg00 writes:

I would love to know what CBJ was trying to convey to the guys in that picture. It occurred to me that he was telling them to tone down the celebration just a bit. Georgia lost one of their leading WRs for the season last week when he landed awkwardly after one of those air-bump TD celebrations. It's a wonder to me that more guys don't get hurt that way and in the thankfully somewhat rarer "dog-piles" that one often sees after big scores.

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