Vols Offense Running Short of Big Plays

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Updated: 9/26/2013 2:47 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is missing its biggest playmakers from last season, and the Volunteers aren't making nearly enough big plays without them.

Quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter now are in the NFL, and nobody has stepped up in their absence. No Southeastern Conference team has a tougher time delivering long gains than Tennessee.

Tennessee's offense has two plays of at least 40 yards through its first four games. Last year, the Vols had three plays go farther than 40 yards in the first quarter of their season opener.

Tennessee (2-2) heads into Saturday's game with South Alabama (2-1) having totaled four plays from scrimmage of at least 30 yards. For comparison's sake, No. 10 Texas A&M's offense has produced 16 plays of at least 30 yards.

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