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Vols' 3rd-and-short woes

Tennessee ranked second in the SEC in third-down conversions last season, moving the chains 48.1 percent of the time.

That was a significant improvement over the 2005 season, when UT converted just 38 percent. But the Vols are still struggling to make good on third-and-short – a problem that has plagued the program for several years. That problem reared its head in the opener against California. UT misfired four times on third-and-2 or less in the first half. Seldom did Tennessee try to run, instead opting for...

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