Fulmer says UT 'a step closer'

The problems with Tennessee's football team didn't develop overnight, and they can't be fixed overnight. If the Vols are to reach their potential this fall, the journey probably will proceed in small steps, not giant leaps.

That's the bad news. The good news is that head coach Phillip Fulmer thought he saw his team take one of those steps in Saturday night's 41-38 six-overtime defeat of Arkansas.

''This team is going to play Tennessee football,'' Fulmer said, ''and I think we moved a step closer to that on both sides. We were much more physical in the running game. We still have lots of areas to improve on.''

As the head man noted, the Vol running game finally showed a spark. Jabari Davis carried 25 times for 135 yards. His best run, a 58-yard touchdown ramble, came on a simple off-tackle play that broke wide open.

''I think we're making progress with our running game,'' Fulmer said. ''I really have not ever doubted it. I think we'll be a decent running football team and maybe a real good running football team as we go along. You've just got to call it (running plays).''

Despite its struggles, Tennessee is 4-1 and ranked No. 10 nationally. The Vols will face their sternest test to date, however, when they play unbeaten Georgia (5-0, No. 6 nationally) this Saturday in Athens.

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