Vols to have full stable of running backs against Gators

Tennessee photo by Andrew Ferguson / Tennessee junior running Jabari Small, shown here in the season opener against Ball State, was injured after two plays in last Saturday night’s 63-6 rout of Akron but practiced Tuesday.


Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel occasionally takes great pleasure in being vague about player injuries during game-week news conferences.

On Tuesday, running backs coach Jerry Mack hit a pinch-hit home run for the media and Volunteers fans alike when asked about the status of junior Jabari Small. Tennessee's top rusher last season suffered an upper-body injury to his right side on the second play from scrimmage of last Saturday night's 63-6 throttling of Akron and did not return.

"He was able to do everything," Mack said. "He finished the entire practice -- 21 or 22 periods, whatever we had. He did every part of practice, and we didn't have to limit him because of his health.

"It was more about being smart with the workload."

The No. 11 Vols host No. 20 Florida on Saturday, and Mack said his contingent of Small, sophomore Jaylen Wright, and freshmen Dylan Sampson and Justin Williams-Thomas are "full-speed, full-go."