Vols look to regroup against MTSU after tough Oct.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee running back Tauren Poole admits thinking about how differently a few of the Volunteers' games might have turned out if they still had quarterback Tyler Bray and top wide receiver Justin Hunter in the lineup.

The senior also knows dwelling on their absence won't do anything to help the Vols (3-5) as they try to regroup against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday and salvage their chances to become bowl eligible.

Tennessee's October schedule seemed brutal enough with three straight games against opponents ranked among the top 15 teams in the nation, but the Vols ended up facing those teams without its top two offensive playmakers.

Coach Derek Dooley plans to stick with quarterback Justin Worley against MTSU, despite the freshman's struggles in a 14-3 loss against South Carolina.

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