Tauren Poole Shining In East-West Shrine Practices

Vols tailback Tauren Poole Will Play In East-West Shrine Game this Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NFL Network. Poole is garnering attention in practices this week. Check out these stories with mentions of Poole. 

Tauren Poole

RB Tauren Poole, Tennessee: After a slow start, Poole has really separated himself as the top running back on either squad. He runs with low pad level and quickness through the line of scrimmage, routinely getting to the second level. Poole had an up-and-down 2011 campaign, which is why he isn't at the Senior Bowl, but he has been running tough, decisive and quick with smooth acceleration in practices.

On SI.com:

Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee -- Poole established himself as the top running back at the Shrine Game on Tuesday, then further affirmed this opinion in the minds of scouts today. He displayed incredible quickness and elusiveness every time he touched the ball, and also showed the uncanny knack to get past the line of scrimmage and through open running lanes without being touched by a defender. In the open field he showed a burst of speed and the ability to catch the ball. It was another terrific day for the Volunteer product.

On NFL.com

Evaluating running backs during all-star game practices is difficult because defenders are not allowed to test their ability to avoid or ward off tackles. But Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole showed off his SEC pedigree Wednesday. He showed very good quickness and wiggle in the hole as well as enough speed to turn the corner if no openings were available inside. He's smooth running after the catch, too, and his pad level helps him run through contact. His hands as a receiver are natural, with one juggle on a red-zone screen as the only blemish. Poole's numbers dropped off in 2011 behind a below-average Volunteers offensive line (1,034 yards, 11 TD in 2010; 693 and 5 in 2011), but there's little doubt he's the top talent at the position on either team this week and could be a great Saturday find during draft weekend.

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