Every offense in the SEC poses a unique challenge. Tennessee is no exception.
Speaking about the threat presented by the Volunteers, South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott said he didn’t know where to begin with running back Jalen Hurd.
“Are you kidding me? Where do you want me to start?” Elliott said during Sunday’s teleconference. “He’s a talented back, one of the premier backs in our league. He has all of the tools to be one of those old-time Tennessee backs. You think of a guy like Jay Graham. He’s very talented and they’re fortunate to have him.”
Tennessee’s sophomore running back has amassed 725 yards and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season. He has rushed for nine touchdowns.
The Gamecocks are allowing 215.3 yards per game on the ground, including 321 in Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M.
Elliott indicates that Tennessee presents a similar challenge in a different way.
“Their running game is a little bit different,” Elliott said. “You’ll see a lot more counters with the back-side tight end and fullback and the power game from Tennessee.”