Tauren Poole trying to trust his speed

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's Tauren Poole is fast. The problem is, the running back sometimes forgets just how fast he can be.

After getting buried on the Vols' depth chart last season behind Montario Hardesty, Bryce Brown and David Oku, Poole wants to rush for a 1,000 yards this season. He knows he's got to stop wasting time looking for the bigger breaks in the line and trust that he can outrun his opponents.

He managed to do that against an Alabama defense which hadn't had an opposing rusher pick up more than 100 yards until Poole's 117 on Oct. 23, but his hesitations against South Carolina a week later limited him to just 33 yards on 16 carries.

The Toccoa, Ga., native ranks fifth in the Southeastern Conference in total yards rushing with 628 and is on pace for 942 yards.


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