Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane go way back.
Tennessee’s duo of tailbacks have known each other well before they donned an orange uniform as Volunteers. That longtime relationship helps the two split carries without getting agitated by fewer opportunities to pad the stat sheet.
There’s no evidence that either running back has ever been upset about seeing bench time as the other gobbles up yardage. The two are just too close and too smart to get greedy.
It’s nearly impossible to lean on one single tailback in the SEC. Tennessee’s season has proven as much. Both Neal and Lane have needed to be spelled after being banged up. That’s fine with them.
From Rocky Top Talk
A weekly look at our upcoming opponent from a statistics perspective. CAVEATS: You’ll get tired of hearing this, but yeah, we know that small sample sets preclude concrete conclusions. One game (or even two or three) doesn’t provide enough data to approach the predictive accuracy of even a Magic 8 Ball, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to look at what little we have.The results from 2012 and 2011 are understandably a mixed bag, but they also suggest that it’s a worthwhile endeavor.
Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes has expanded his game and reduced his frame after receiving some pointed criticism about his pro potential.
Stokes considered entering the draft after his sophomore season and got some brutally honest feedback from the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee that inspired him to work harder than ever this offseason.
“That was a very humbling process,” Stokes said. “I realized talking to those guys that you are what they see. If they don’t think you can do this, regardless of word of mouth or what you did in high school, it doesn’t matter. They expect you to be a winner. They draft winners.”
Tennessee’s basketball opponents had the lowdown on Josh Richardson last season.
Richardson’s strengths and weaknesses were out there for all to see, especially anyone with a subscription to the video/analytics service Synergy. Richardson was rated by Synergy, which charted every offensive move he made, as an excellent short-range shooter (runners, pull-up jumpers) but a poor 3-point shooter. His average of 0.615 points per 3 attempt was in the bottom 10 percent in Division I. His percentage of .214 from behind the arc was the lowest among teammates who attempted at least 30 3s.