Lack of Depth Affects Vols Spring Game

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Updated: 4/19/2013 2:46 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The format of Tennessee's Orange & White Game reflects the depth problems facing the Volunteers as they attempt to re-establish themselves as Southeastern Conference contenders.

Rather than dividing his roster into two complete teams and having them play each other Saturday, new Tennessee coach Butch Jones is matching the offense against the defense. A complicated scoring system that allows each unit to earn points for big achievements.

Injuries hurt a receiving corps that already was trying to replace potential first-round draft picks Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson. The offensive backfield took a hit when Marlin Lane sat out the last four practices for disciplinary reasons, leaving Rajion Neal as the Vols' lone experienced running back.

The Vols have spent spring practice adjusting to the faster tempo Jones favors.

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