Little back is big worry

Whereas Tennessee once had a tailback named ''Little Man'' Stewart, opening foe UNLV has a tailback who really is a little man.

Dominique Dorsey is only 5-7 and 170 pounds but he rushed for 626 yards on 158 carries a year ago. Certainly, Vol defensive coordinator John Chavis isn't selling him short (pardon the pun).

Asked if Tennessee's defensive players might overlook a guy of Dorsey's modest stature, Chavis replied: ''I don't think so. They'd BETTER not. I remember we had a guy here who was probably not 5-7 who led the SEC in rushing. Tony Thompson did a tremendous job.''

Despite missing most of Tennessee's 1990 opener, Thompson rushed for 1,261 yards that season, the sixth-highest total in Vol annals. He proved that a little back can have a big impact ... even at the major college level.

Is Dorsey similar to Thompson? Chavis can't provide a definitive answer.

''You don't get to see him running the ball a lot last year,'' Chavis said. ''They featured the other back -- he's gone on to the NFL -- but you see Dorsey enough to see that he's fast. He's SCARY fast.''

Believe it or not, one of UNLV's reserve tailbacks looks up to Dorsey -- literally. Third-teamer Erick Jackson stands 5-6.

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