It's hard to notice for the untrained eye to see a difference in one of Tennessee's running backs this fall.
If you didn't know that redshirt freshman Toney Williams was coming off a season-ending knee injury last summer, it would be hard to tell by just observing the talented athlete on and off the field.
Williams always has a smile on his face and his work ethic elevated him to first team running back during spring football 2009.
While Williams acknowledged it's a daily struggle not to think about the previous injury, he has one goal that he is focused on now.
"It's simple, I want to get back to my real form, the way I was playing last spring," Williams said. "The knee is a lot better. I'm still working hard on getting back to where I once was."
Williams ices his knee after every practice, and he will be the first to say that he is still working on completely getting over the injury.
"I can't say I don't think about it at all," Williams said. "It's in the back of my mind, but it's something I can't worry about."
Williams appears confident and his work ethic is unchallenged.
"I work hard every day on getting my knee stronger," Williams said. "I want to be able to make the same cuts like I did before."
With Williams making his way back in the lineup for the Volunteers, he realized he brings something different to the UT stable of running backs.
"We have some great backs," Williams said. "Tauren (Poole) runs like a big back with speed. David )Oku) brings a different style to the group. I know that I'm the bigger guy. I like playing that role."
Williams, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound athlete, is from Alpharetta Georgia.
Three out of the four running backs on the Vols roster are from the Peach State.
"We are a very close group," Williams said. "We all care about each other; we all work hard to make each other better. Three of us are from Georgia. We all have something we want to prove."