Vols say their rushing attack still needs boost

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee isn’t treating its top rushing performance in three years as cause for celebration.

The Volunteers instead are wondering how they can do better.

Tennessee trounced Austin Peay 45-0 last week by rushing for 315 yards, its highest single-game total since a 332-yard performance in a 2010 season-opening blowout of Tennessee-Martin. The Vols averaged 6.1 yards per carry and had a 47-yard touchdown run from Rajion Neal. Tennessee coach Butch Jones wasn’t satisfied and said “we left a lot of yards out there.”

Establishing an effective rushing attack is particularly important Saturday as the Vols attempt to keep Western Kentucky’s dynamic offense off the field. Although Western Kentucky beat Kentucky 35-26 last week, the Hilltoppers gave up 216 rushing yards and yielded 6.8 yards per carry.

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