Lane competing; Da'Rick excited for '12

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He's switched numbers from 4 to 15. He's packed on some muscle to get his weight up to 209 pounds. He's primed to make a run at the No. 1 tailback spot.

Marlin Lane isn't looking for handouts. The sophomore tailback just wants a fair shot and that's exactly what Tennessee is giving him to be the guy getting a majority of the reps as the prime runner.

In 2011, the Daytona Beach, Fla., native averaged just 3.7 yards per carry on 75 attempts as part of what turned out to be the worst Volunteer rushing offense in several years, which contributed immensely in the team's going 5-7 and missing out on a bowl.

Correcting all of that was the priority in the spring as first-year running backs coach Jay Graham and first-year offensive line coach Sam Pittman providing what knowledge they can.

Time will tell if all the work has paid off.

Get Lane's thoughts after the second day of preseason camp on Haslam Field in Knoxville in the video below:

In the spring of 2011, Alex Bullard earned the Harvey Robinson offseason award for being the offensive surprise of the spring. Needless to say, the transfer from Notre Dame wasted no time making his presence felt on The Hill.

That performance got the Franklin native 12 starts under his belt as a first-year guy, which is hardly commonplace in the Southeastern Conference.

Heading into this summer, it was assumed that the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder was a slam-dunk starter at center. However, for one reason or another, Bullard has been supplanted by fellow middle Tennessean James Stone and is looking at being a utility back-up, working at left tackle in early August.

Find out what Bullard said about the move and his teammates in the trenches in the interview footage below:

When Big Orange fans are looking for some excitement, they need look no further than out wide for No. 21 — Da' Rick Rogers.

From tweeting in the spring that he may transfer off of Rocky Top back to his home state of Georgia to an All-SEC sophomore season, Rogers keeps fans on their toes wondering what's next.

Like him or not, the 6-3, 206-pounder had a productive campaign in 2011, catching 67 balls for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.

Many assume this fall will be Rogers' last for the Orange & White with an early entry into the NFL Draft coming in January. However, he's coach Derek Dooley's for at least 12 more games and Rogers has seemingly cleaned up his act as kickoff approaches, showing pure excitement for teaming up with quarterback Tyler Bray and fellow wideouts like Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson to keep foes backpedaling.

Rogers met with reporters on Saturday afternoon. See what he had to say by clicking play on the HD video interview:

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

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