UT seeks running game improvement at South Carolina

UT seeks running game improvement at South Carolina

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UT seeks running game improvement at South Carolina

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KNOXVILLE — Tennessee (3-4, 1-3 SEC) looks to rebound from a 58-21 defeat against No. 1 Alabama.

The Vols now look to close out the season becoming bowl eligible — winning at least three of the final five games.

Tennessee will need to work on running the football down-the-stretch following three consecutive games totaling 165 yards on the ground. On the season, UT is averaging 159.0 rushing yards per game (tied-81st nationally).

UT rushing yards last three games

  • at Georgia 66 yards, 25 attempts
  • at Auburn 68 yards, 36 attempts
  • vs. Alabama 31 yards, 30 attempts

Following the Alabama game, Jeremy Pruitt was asked why he thinks Tennessee struggles with running the ball.

“(Is it the offensive line?) The last two weeks, yeah,” Pruitt said. “They’re bigger and stronger. Could we play with better technique? I’m sure we could. Could we possibly have them in a better scheme? Probably.

“The last two teams whipped us up front. You have to be committed to doing it as a play caller on offense. Every time offense got the ball today, we were down seven or more points. So it kind of goes hand-in-hand.”

Tennessee will take on South Carolina in Week 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. The Gamecocks’ defense is giving up 179.2 rushing yards per game (89th nationally).

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