Vols aiming to have nation's top offensive line

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's offensive linemen savor the challenge they're facing and the attention they're receiving.

The Volunteers return four starters from a line that allowed only eight sacks last season. Because Tennessee lacks star power at the skill positions, offensive tackles Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and Ja'Wuan James rank alongside linebacker A.J. Johnson as the Volunteers' most recognizable names.

Richardson and James are part of the line that leads an offense without much experience anywhere else. The Vols have a new starting quarterback and must replace first-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson and second-round selection Justin Hunter in the receiving corps.

North Texas and Middle Tennessee were the only Football Bowl Subdivision teams to allow fewer sacks than Tennessee last year.


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