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Report Card: Oklahoma 34 Vols 10

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 Running Backs

Daniel: It looked like another fruitless day in the run game before it finally got clicking late – a little too late for Tennessee to get back in it. Jalen Hurd’s two long runs in the second half made the numbers more respectable, but it would be a stretch to say the Vols really ran the ball well throughout the contest. The good news here? Hurd continues to look like a star in the making and the entire rushing attack should glean some experience and confidence from the late success on the ground. Grade: B-

Houston: Hurd showed everyone what type of talent and speed he has on those long runs in the second half and will likely be this team’s starting running back moving forward. The Vols have to find a way to consistently run the ball in the first half of games to take some pressure off of the passing game and set up the play action pass and it looks like Hurd gives them the best opportunity to do that. Marlin Lane made the most out of limited running room against the Sooners and should have a role moving forward, but Jalen gives this team the best opportunity to hit a long run and change momentum. Not much running room against Oklahoma in this one, but the running backs made the most out of it. Grade: B+

Reed: Until this game, I thought Marlin Lane wasn’t getting enough carries. Hurd proved me wrong with a big performance. He averaged nearly 7 yards per carry with very little blocking and gained over 100 all-purpose yards. He’s a big weapon who has improved every week. Lane was effective in his limited carries but needs to show more big play ability to gain more carries. Grade: B

Average Grade: B

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