The Vol boss also is happy with senior tailback Gerald Riggs Jr. He showed his talent last season with 1,107 rushing yards. Now he's showing some maturity and leadership.
"I was real impressed with what Gerald did today -- trying to lead, being up in front of the (drill) lines, finishing up through the lines," Fulmer said. "He tried to show some real good leadership today."
Riggs needs to show some leadership because the Vols are incredibly inexperienced behind him. Former walk-on David Yancey has performed some mop-up duty, while the other tailbacks – redshirt freshmen Arian Foster and Ja'Kouri Williams, true freshmen LaMarcus Coker and Montario Hardesty – have never taken the field in a college game.