How many is too many.
Can a team ever have too many great running backs on a team?
Lane Kiffin has already said in a previous interview that it would be tough finding enough touches for four top of the line running backs.
My question to you, Volunteer fans, what's the solution to this great problem?
Do you red shirt one of the talented runners? Which one gets the nod to sit out this season earning the opportunity to mature, get stronger and learn the offense in a slower mode?
One key factor in this decision will be how the situation turns out with the NCAA with Brown. Tennessee has appealed the initial NCAA ruling, which many believe will be a one game suspension.
While Oku hasn't received the hype or the press clippings that Brown has, many feel that Oku gives the Vols running game a different type of threat that Brown and the others don't offer as much.
Who's the fastest of all the backs? That might be a tougher question to answer than you expect. It appears that Oku has a little more overall quickness than Brown, but the No. 1 running back in the nation coming out of high school is a bigger tougher back than Oku.
Let's not forget the two veterans. Hardesty has worked harder and has had the best camp of his career at Tennessee. He his healthy for the first time, giving something else for Kiffin and his staff to consider before making a final decision. Can Hardesty make it through a season with getting hurt?
Everyone knows how tough it is to get through a 12 game schedule in the SEC, especially with an unproven quarterback. Will the Vols need all four backs this season to compete against the likes of Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Ole Miss?
The X factor in this equation may be Poole, a sophomore from Georgia, is also having one of his best camps of his career. He isn't ready to give up anything to the two newcomers and is perhaps one of the most consistent runners during the first Camp Kiffin.
Do you redshirt Poole and go with the two younger backs to back up Hardesty, the only senior of the bunch?
Let's also not forget that Tony Williams will return this spring from knee surgery. He was having a great spring before blowing his knee out. How he returns in the spring will be another great problem to have.
So are four too many backs to have this fall in the line up? I leave this question up to you the Volunteer fans to decide.
While it will be Kiffin and his staff final decision, this problem (a great one to have) will give us arm chair quarterbacks something to discuss for the next couple of weeks until Tennessee begins a new era of Football on Rocky Top.