Insider Report: Key lineman close to return for Vols?

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Tennessee coaches understand that the Volunteers need all the depth and talent along their defensive front if they're to slow down the explosive ground attacks of foes on the schedule.

In 2015, Alabama's offensive line paved the way for the nation's leading rusher. Marcus Cox is the first runner in Appalachian State history to run for at least 1,000 yards in his first three seasons.

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Stanley "Boom" Williams is fresh off a record-setting season at Kentucky in which he averaged 7.1 yards per carry. Georgia's tandem of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel contributed to the Bulldogs averaging 192-plus yards per game.

Needless to say, holding up in the trenches is vital for the Big Orange. All hands on deck — and that includes Shy Tuttle.

The sophomore and former Scout four-star prospect burst onto the scene a year ago, overcoming a bad shoulder to contribute at defensive tackle as a 19-year-old, which is no simple feat in the Southeastern Conference. Tuttle also blocked a field goal in the Arkansas game to provide at least an opportunity for a comeback late.

In 2015, Tennessee ranked No. 45 nationally in run defense (151.6 yards/game). Will Tuttle be around enough this fall to help the Orange & White improve those numbers?

Find out about Tuttle's recovery from a broken fibula suffered in the Georgia game last October by watching the Insider Report in the video above.

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