Can the Vols find paydirt on S. Carolina?

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Considering that Tennessee is seeing Southeastern Conference foes put up over 43 points per game, if the Volunteers want to start beating people as underdogs, they're simply going to have to light up the scoreboard.

Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) has the personnel to get that done, but it won't be a simple task this weekend.

South Carolina (6-2, 4-2), ranked 13th in the BCS standings, has held opposing offenses to 17 points or less in six of its eight games.

To find the game within the game Saturday, look no further than the trenches when the Volunteers have the ball. Tennessee ranks first in the NCAA in sacks allowed (3). Meanwhile, the Gamecocks are No. 5 nationally in sacks (29). Protecting the Big Orange passer(s) is essential every week in a Pro-Style attack, but this week is likely the greatest test of 2012.

"I think their D-line plays extremely hard," Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said Wednesday. "If you don't take care of them, then you won't have the chance to do anything against the back part of that defense."

Led by all-everything end Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina front four is long, lean and athletic. Vol tackles Ja'Wuan James and Antonio Richardson must have prime performances.

Staring quarterback Tyler Bray, who had his worst performance of the year in the 44-13 loss to Alabama last week, has tossed more interceptions (8) than touchdowns (6) against SEC foes and seen his completion percentage plummet from 69.2 to 51.4.

"There's not a magic wand to wave or a pill to take," Chaney said of Bray's troubles. "You go out and you study film more and work harder on the practice field, concentrate a bit more. You just amplify what you try to do on a daily basis."

A quarterback's best friend is the running game. For the most part, when the ball has been tucked or pitched to Vol tailbacks, they've been productive.

Junior starter Rajion Neal hasn't played since the 41-31 loss at Mississippi State but could return this week. The next man up is Marlin Lane, who had over 100 all-purpose yards against the talented Crimson Tide.

Vol running backs coach Jay Graham's response on whether or not Neal will be a go on Saturday: "We'll see. He's feeling better in practice."

Neal is the team's leading rusher, having picked up 500 yards and five touchdowns on 112 attempts.

To hear more about the Tennessee offense, check out the video interviews today:

Jim Chaney

Charlie Coiner

Jay Graham

Darin Hinshaw

Sam Pittman

Cordarrelle Patterson

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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