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No. 2 tailback David Oku scarcely broke stride after scoring on a 44-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Tennessee's season opener vs. UT Martin. Instead, he hustled to the Vol bench to show off to the guy he follows on the depth chart.

"He came to the sideline and he was like, 'Let's go, T, let's go,'" No. 1 tailback Tauren Poole recalled with a smile. "I was like, 'All right. I got you.'" Oku wasn't taunting Poole; he was motivating him by issuing a sort of "I made a big play, now you make one" challenge. "I was really happy for him," Poole said. "That's what we do. We compete every day. We do the same thing on the practice...

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