Head coach Phillip Fulmer says Fleming is looking good this spring, however. So is backup Will Revill, a 6-1, 250-pounder who fits the battering-ram mold.
''I like what William Revill's gotten done at fullback to help us with that,'' Fulmer said. ''He's been a plus. Fleming is a really good player, and he's really having a good spring. He's had a good attitude. But I've got to find another fullback.''
Fulmer conceded that Mayes ''is making some progress. But he's just a child, and he acts like a child about half the time. He's got to grow up, be more disciplined in his personal life, in his academic life and more disciplined out here as a football player. If he does those things, he's got a chance to help us.''
Fleming carried the ball 34 times for 162 yards last fall, a 4.8 yards-per-carry average. He also caught 21 passes for 120 yards, a 5.7 yards-per-catch average. None of the other fullback prospects has carried the ball or caught a pass in a real game. Revill, however, was at fullback when Tennessee marched 90 yards in 17 plays (all runs) for the game-clinching touchdown last November at South Carolina.