Is Arian Foster For Real?

SECBlitzerContributor IJuly 23, 2008


By Christopher Anderson


With Darren McFadden and Felix Jones off to the NFL the Southeastern Conference has another dangerous running back that will step up into the spotlight this season.

His name is Arian Foster and he needs just 684 yards to surpass Travis Henry as the Tennessee Volunteers all-time rushing leader.  The only thing that may hamper Foster from breaking that record is if he can stay healthy.

New offensive coordinator, Dave Clawson will use Foster in multiple ways in his west coast style offense that promises a balanced attack.  Last season Foster caught 39 passes for 340 yards and you can bet Clawson will utilize him even more in this type of offense.  On the ground Foster had 1,193 yards and should have had a lot more.

David Cutcliffe…you had a racehorse, what were you thinking?

The Vols return eight starters on offense and that includes the entire offensive line.  If I were Arian Foster I would wine and dine those big guys this summer.  You have take care of the men that take care of you.

So what does the head coach think about his 6′1 215 lb running back that is a preseason All-SEC first teamer?

“Arian brings a level of maturity, physical toughness and confidence to our team, ” says Philip Fulmer.  “He has been in the wars and battles, and he’s made the tough runs.”

The Vols are going to need that level of maturity when they open the season at UCLA.  With a new offense it will take a few snaps for the team to find its groove and get into the swing of things.  The games on the schedule to watch are Florida and Georgia.  The Florida game will set the tone for the entire season and playing at Georgia is always tough for any team.  If the Tennessee Volunteers are going to compete for the SEC championship again they are going to have to figure out how to get Arian Foster the football.

SEC East prediction - 2nd.