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Toney Williams

If Phillip Fulmer wants to resurrect the old Jumbo formation in 2009, he won't have to audition O-linemen — not with a pair of power backs committed that already average out at 239 pounds apiece with their senior season still four months away.

Toney Williams, a 6-foot-1, 229-pound running back out of Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., became UT's fourth commitment in the Class of 2009 Saturday. And he sounds a whole lot like the Vols third commitment — Dominique Allen, a 6-0, 250, running back out of Henry County High School in Paris.

This may be an indication Dave Clawson envisions a role for the big running back in an offensive scheme that is still evolving. Or it could mean that Williams and, or, Allen could be in store for a position change. However since both were recruited as running backs and come with good credentials it's safe to assume they will be given a long look as short yardage solutions with big-play potential.

"Toney had 1,100 yards on 160 carries for us last year," Milton head coach Scott Walker told Scout.com's Matt Day. "He also had 22 catches for 240 yards. He had a total of 13 touchdowns. Toney played about half of the time at fullback, and did a wonderful job in protection. He has tremendous hands, and has a great knowledge of our offense. We had another back that signed with Air Force, and Toney was very unselfish. This season Toney will touch the ball between 25 to 30 times a game."

Those added carries should translate to greater production for Williams and he feels if they get the running game going it enhances his team's chances of improving on a 6-4 mark. "My team goals are to make the playoffs," he said in the aforementioned story. "I want to rush for 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. If I can do that, I feel that we'll have a good chance of winning most of our games, and it will give us a chance to make the playoffs."

Running a sub-4.70 time in the 40 is good, especially for a player of Williams' dimensions, but he would like to improve his speed to the point he can run a consistent 4.6 flat.

"I need to work on drills to improve my speed," said Williams who plans to major in Broadcasting. "I know I can get faster by hard work and I will do that. I feel I have very good power and vision. I love running between the tackles and I am not afraid of making the first hit on the defensive guy. My power game is what I do best.

"I'm a power back. I'm very good at blocking. The strengths of my game are my power, vision, and patience. If I had to choose, I'd rather run inside the Tackles. I can run around the ends, but my strength is power."

Williams aka T-Will, chose Tennessee over offers from Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Arkansas, North Carolina State and Rutgers. He was also recruited by Alabama and Florida, but he didn't wait for an offer and indicates the recruiting process is over.

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