UT tailback duo aiming at Ducks

By Robert Holder


KNOXVILLE - The bond between Tennessee running backs Tauren Poole and David Oku is one formed through competition.

Every day on the practice field, the two battle the scout squad. More importantly, they battle each other. They placed that challenge on themselves to prove they belong on the field despite being passed over last season.

Poole won the starting job after a strong spring practice and preseason camp, and he doesn't plan to surrender it. And that was his precise message to Oku during practice leading up to last week's season opener against UT-Martin.

"He told me he wasn't going to be too happy to come out and that he would tell me to keep on the sideline the whole time," Oku said.

Oku, as he usually does, responded with a laugh.