When it comes to talking with the media, few players are more entertaining than Tennessee sophomore tailback David Oku. He kept reporters smiling as he fielded questions after Thursday’s practice about the competition for starting at tailback, special teams and, yes, even his weight.

Whoever starts at tailback for the Vols in 2010 has tall task of replacing departed senior Montario Hardesty, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. He ran for more than 1,400 yards and had 13 rushing touchdowns to go along with a pair of receiving touchdowns.

This season, Oku is squarely in the hunt for increased playing time at tailback alongside junior Tauren Poole, who was listed as the probable starter out of spring camp. Sophomore Toney Williams and freshman Rajion Neal have also seen action in the backfield during scrimmages.

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