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For a team that struggled running the ball and struggled to score points like Tennessee did, running back has to be the position to watch the most this spring. You can't be ranked 116th in rushing yards and 106th in scoring offense and expect to win the SEC.
Leading running back Tauren Poole is no longer on the roster, which opens things up for players like Raijon Neal, Marlin Lane and true freshman Davante Bourque.
Lane was the second leading rusher last season, finishing the year with 280 yards and two touchdowns. He's a bigger back at 6'1", 205 pounds and has shown glimpses of explosiveness, like the 45-yard run against Arkansas.
Neal is the versatile running back who has solid hands when he lines up at wide receiver. He's the smaller back at 5'11", and he averaged five yards a carry last season. He's the speedster of the group and is a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball. Although, he has to work more on his ball security.
Bourque is also a versatile back that was a 3-star prospect in this year's class. He has fantastic hands and great size at 6'2", 200 pounds. He can play several different positions, but with the lack of depth at running back, he may see a lot of time at that position.
Other players to keep an eye on are sophomores Tom Smith and Devrin Young. They finished the season with 43 combined yards on limited carries.
Somebody out of this group has to step up if this season is going to be successful.