Why would the rest of the SEC want the Volunteers' rush game to fail in 2012? Well, why not? They are the competition after all. A healthy improvement in the Vols' run game spells bad news for the rest of the SEC.
Assuming Tennessee doesn't get hit with a number of unfortunate injuries to playmakers again, the run game is where they can make the biggest strides this year.
Other than the obvious, being able to run the football adds several other pieces to the overall rebuilding picture for UT. Some of them may even seem surprising at first glance.
If Tennessee is able to run the ball effectively, it will put the rest of the SEC on notice that the rebuilding process is entering another phase.
Here are five welcome and in some cases, unexpected areas of improvement the 2012 Volunteers will enjoy, provided they are effective at running the football. Should these things come to pass, it will be obvious why the rest of the SEC wants the Vols' running game to fail.