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Vols believe experience can cause upgrade for offensive line

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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's collection of playmakers on offense has created plenty of offseason excitement, but the Volunteers won't take a big leap forward unless they get dramatic improvement from their line.

Injuries and inexperience last season caused Tennessee to allow 43 sacks, the most in the Southeastern Conference.

The Vols have more experience this year as they return four linemen who made at least 11 starts last season. That group includes tackle Kyler Kerbyson, center Mack Crowder and guards Marcus Jackson and Jashon Robertson.

They're dealing with a couple of obstacles this spring.

Jackson is missing spring practice to recover from a shoulder injury. Coleman Thomas, who made five starts at right tackle last season, has been removed from team activities since getting arrested last week on a felony theft charge.

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