Do Vols miss McCorvey?

Now that running backs coach Woody McCorvey has left to become offensive coordinator at Mississippi State, Tennessee's coaching staff is a man short as the Vols prepare for their Jan. 2 Peach Bowl date with Clemson.

The question is: How much of a factor will McCorvey's absence be during UT's preparations?

''It's not that big a factor,'' head coach Phillip Fulmer said. ''Woody obviously added a lot to the staff, but at this point we've played 12 games and our running backs are experienced guys.''

Graduate assistant Marcus Satterfield assisted McCorvey during the regular season and is overseeing the rushers during bowl preparations. From all accounts, the running backs are not missing a beat under the new setup.

''Running backs don't have a whole lot of time by themselves on the practice field anyway,'' Vol offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said. ''Usually, they're with me and the quarterbacks or with the offensive line or with the receivers.

''There's not that much individual time that Marcus is with 'em. I told him the biggest thing he needs to do is coach effort, get 'em moving around fast and make sure they know what to do. At this point, there's no reason they shouldn't know what to do.''

While the Vols may not be missing McCorvey's coaching skills, they likely will miss his recruiting abilities. He reeled in two blue-chippers from Alabama last February -- tackle Arron Sears and wideout Jayson Swain -- along with Memphis tight end prospect Brad Cottam.


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