GATLINBURG, Tenn. — If there’s one thing that bothers an offensive lineman on the football field, it’s the inability to get a tough yard at the line of scrimmage.
Tennessee Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer was talking about that very thing last week at his camp at Rocky Top Sports World, just a few days before he was appointed as a special advisor to the UT system.
“In this league you still have to run the football and make short yardage and make goal-line plays,” Fulmer told SEC Country. “You look at last year, and a couple of those plays and maybe there’s another win or two.”
Fulmer said he likes what he has seen from Tennessee’s new offensive coordinator, former South Florida offensive lineman and Miami interim head coach Larry Scott.
“I like Larry, and I’ve liked watching him in practices, the mindset he has is toughness,” Fulmer said. “There’s something about an O-Line coach, and I’m biased because we did this, but there’s an attitude that we’re not going to be denied.
“You do a goal-line drill, you go with 11 guys and we’re going to put 13 on defense, and so there’s two of them we’re not going block and you have to beat those guys or make them miss or get over the top.”
Former Tennessee back Cedric Houston, who was working Fulmer’s camp last week, was one of the Vols’ best short-yardage runners in program history.
“Those drills Coach Fulmer was talking about were great for tailbacks,” Houston said. “It made us tougher when there were too many guys to block.
“We learned we had to get our pads down and how to get through them.”