Fugate to enroll early at Rocky Top

Tennessee commitment Channing Fugate had a great season opener only to be challenged the next week. The talented running back appears to be up to the challange. Fugate is excited about his commitment to Tennessee, so much in fact he will be enrolling early. Go "Inside" for the latest on Fugate and when he will be enrolling at Rocky Top.

One Tennessee commitment has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and that's just in the first two weeks of his high school senior season.

For Kentucky's Channing Fugate, the talented athlete has experienced one of his better performances in game one. The standout running back had 13 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns in his season opener. He also added two more scores on a 90 yard kick off return and a 53 yard punt return.

Last week he was held for five carries for 2 yards, four receptions for 29 yards and a 16 yard punt return.

"In our last game we didn't get the ball much at all," Fugate explained to InsideTennessee.com. "They were a grind it out type ball club and had the ball a lot more than we did. It was definitely a different night than game one. You could tell they came in keying on me and the running game."

Fugate is going to keep his head down, he wants to use the last game to improve the rest of his performances though the end of the season.

"I just want to keep getting better," Fugate said. "I want to have a great senior season and finish it off in the state play offs."

Fugate, who committed to Tennessee back in the summer, was excited to get his first call Tuesday from the Vol coaching staff.

"They were my first call," Fugate said. "Coach Chaney called; I got the chance to talk to him and Coach Gran. It was great to talk to them; we have built a great relationship with each other."

Fugate is going to graduate in December and is excited about the opportunity to enroll at Tennessee in January.

"We are getting everything ready so I can enroll at mid term," Fugate said. "I can't wait, it will give me an entire spring to learn the new offensive system and get acclimated to college life."

According to Fugate, Coach Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee coaching staff wants him to play a hybrid pro style fullback in Knoxville.

"Not only do I get to block but I get to run the ball some and catch the ball out of the backfield," Fugate explained. "It's a perfect fit for me."


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