The Vols have gained 185.9 yards rushing per game this year, which puts them on pace for their highest single-season average since 2004.
Vols coach Butch Jones noted that the linemen deserve much of the credit for that rushing performance because the skill-position performers haven't produced many big plays to boost that average.
"I think they've done a good job," Jones said. "I think they've played obviously the best of the best. Vanderbilt's defensive front and the different fire-zone patterns that they bring is going to challenge them, but I think they have performed well."
Jones isn't the only coach boosting Tennessee's line. Opposing coaches have raved about this group all season.
"I don't know if there's another line in the country with that type of size, athleticism and experience," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said.
The line features plenty of pro prospects.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said in a teleconference last week that he has rated Richardson as the No. 4 offensive tackle among draft-eligible underclassmen. Kiper also said he "wouldn't have any problem giving (James) a second-round grade." Kiper rated Fulton as a potential third- or fourth-round pick and Stone as a third- to fifth-round selection.
Rob Rang, a senior analyst for nfldraftscout.com, considers Richardson a late first-round or second-round pick. He has James, Stone and Fulton as likely mid-round selections.
Tennessee's linemen aren't thinking that far ahead right now. They instead have used this week's home finale as a chance to revisit their past. They spent some free time this week watching film of the 2010 Vanderbilt game in which James, Fulton and Stone played as freshmen. Fulton said "it was crazy to see how bad we actually were."
"Back then, you think you're doing kind of good, but it looks terrible," James said. "We've come a long way."
AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.