Vol offense in search of perfect game

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There is no doubt that Tennessee is through the meat of their 2012 schedule and the Volunteer offense may be fresh off their best game of the season, but they are still looking to make strides.

Tyler Bray and the Tennessee offense managed to put up 35 points and 472 yards of offense against South Carolina, but now they are in search of the illusive perfect game.

"Like we have talked about throughout the season, we are interested in our improvement and going out and playing better," offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said Wednesday. "Last week we played a little bit better then we had been playing and we are looking for that same improvement this upcoming week. We are still making some mistakes that we have to get rid of."

Bray finished the Vols loss to South Carolina 27-43 for 368 yards, four touchdowns and one interception after being called out by head coach Derek Dooley following a sub-par performance against Alabama the week prior.

"Whatever took place I think he played he played his best football game Saturday from the mental side," Chaney said. "He needed to go out and play better. He knew that and he played better."

The only other player to throw a pass in Saturday's loss was true freshman receiver Alton Howard who completed a touchdown pass to tight end Mychal Rivera. Howard has proved to be a useful change of pace for Chaney, who is still working on ways to utilize the speedster.

"Pig has a very good football aptitude, he understands football and he gets it," Chaney said. "It is pretty simple to find ways to get him the ball and we have to continue to do that."

Another piece Tennessee hopes to return Saturday is running back Rajion Neal, who has missed two games following an ankle injury at Mississippi State.

"He is doing good," said running backs coach Jay Graham. "He is doing better and practicing with more reps. We are just going to go day-to-day and up the reps as we go through.

"He understands that you have to hit in practice, you have to get tackled, you have to do all those things in practice so we know you are ready on Saturday."

Watch as Tennessee offensive assistants addressed the media Wednesday following practice at Haslam Field:

Jim Chaney

Jay Graham

Darin Hinshaw

Sam Pittman


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