JaKouri breaks loose

JaKouri Williams may have been the most pleasant surprise of Tennessee's Orange & White football game.

The 5-10, 189-pound tailback from Plaquemine, La., ran for a game-high 88 yards on 14 carries. Showing great speed to the outside, he made one 30-yard burst and several other nice runs. He has improved dramatically since rushing eight times for minus-3 yards in UT's first fullscale scrimmage of the spring.

Asked what Williams brings to the lineup when he's in there, running backs coach Trooper Taylor smiled.

''Speed,'' Taylor said. ''We talk about being slow to the hole and fast THROUGH it ... well, that's the acceleration we're looking for. He's been patient on his steps and once he got through the hole, he accelerated. Most backs would've gotten five or six yards but he broke off some long runs because of his speed.''

Although Williams tends to bounce outside rather than run north/south, Taylor expressed no concern about this.

''We talk a lot about running with your eyes,'' the Vol aide said. ''A lot of guys think running backs just run with their feet. But if they can't see where they're going or see where the hole is and make somebody miss, they're not going to be very good. v ''A couple of those runs were designed to go inside, and he bounced it (outside) and made something out of nothing. That's important.''

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