Though not a big talker, Meachem concedes that his recent turnaround has been pretty rewarding.
''It's coming along pretty good,'' he said. ''I understand the offense a little bit better and I'm having fun.
''I feel like I'm getting better. I've still got a lot to learn but I keep working hard and keep trying to get better.''
Meachem's emergence has helped Tennessee to score 38, 37 and 28 points the past three games -- an average of 33.3 points per game. The 28-point effort came against Auburn, which led the NCAA in scoring defense at just 9.6 points per game.
Meachem and his mates hope to continue their high level of productivity in the Cotton Bowl Jan. 1 against Texas A&M.
''We feel like we're doing all right,'' he said. ''If we can take the same game to the field we did against Auburn, we'll probably do well.''