Tennessee’s running game this season has been on the Scream Machine, Tennessee Tornado, Cannon Ball or whatever regional roller-coaster ride seems most appropriate.
The Volunteers opened Sept. 26 with an adequate 33-carry, 133-yard performance at South Carolina before erupting the following weekend, pounding Missouri for 232 yards on 51 rushes. Then came last Saturday at Georgia, when Tennessee netted minus-1 yard on 27 carries during the 44-21 loss to the Bulldogs.
Five sacks of Jarrett Guarantano certainly factored into Tennessee’s total inside Sanford Stadium, but sophomore running back Eric Gray’s 25 yards represented the team high.
“That’s kind of how it goes sometimes,” Gray said Tuesday afternoon on a Zoom call. “You’ve just got to keep going and keep working. It was a learning curve for everyone, and everyone has to look themselves in the mirror.
“I think we’ll get back on track.”
Gray had a 16-carry, 105-yard performance in