Versatility of Carvin, Mays giving Elarbee options for Tennessee

Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee fifth-year senior Jerome Carvin has 17 career starts at guard for the Volunteers but has been getting a lot of work at center this preseason.

Tennessee's quarterbacks, running backs and receivers have been outspoken since the spring about how much they enjoy Josh Heupel's rapid offensive attack.

Yet how do the offensive linemen feel about it? After all, they're the ones approaching or in excess of 300 pounds hustling to keep up with the next snap.

"Offensive linemen like this offense just to tire the defense," 6-foot-5, 313-pound senior Jerome Carvin said Monday in a news conference. "It really works. You really saw it in the spring game, and you're definitely going to see it in the fall. Once we get it rolling, the defenses are going to get tired, and they're not going to get lined up or set.

"We're going to be snapping the ball and ready to roll."

Just don't ask the linemen who's emerging in the four-man quarterback battle.