September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Rajion Neal (20) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Volunteers Could Have Leading Rusher Return This Weekend


The Tennessee Volunteers will enter this weekend’s non-conference matchup against the Troy with some potentially good news. Vols head coach Derek Dooley announced on Tuesday that the team could see the return of their leading rusher for this weekend’s game.

While Dooley says that the Vols’ top running back, Rajion Neal, is not 100-percent healthy, he still “could definitely play.”

Neal led the SEC in rushing through the first five weeks of the season before going down with an ankle injury on October 13th during the Vols loss to Mississippi State. Neal was forced to miss two games because of the injury and the Vols rushing attack struggled greatly in his absence.

Neal is optimistic that he will be able to return this weekend and he can’t wait to get back on the field with his Tennessee teammates.

“It’s really hard to put in words how hard it is to sit over there on the sideline in your uniform knowing that you can’t really go out there and help your team,” Neal said. “That’s a big challenge, and I didn’t know it was going to be that hard. It’s a terrible feeling, a real terrible feeling, especially when you see how close these guys are getting and how they’re out there fighting.”

Neal rushed for 500 yards in just over five games, while the Vols managed a mere 170 yards in the two games without their top back. His return will be a welcomed presence in their offensive attack.

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