September 4, 2012
Defense adopting aggressive mindset, Lathers update
One of the most often heard sentiments around Tennessee's fall camp was that the 2012 defense was going to be aggressive in both attitude and approach. It's only one game--as Derek Dooley is quick to remind anyone who will listen--but four turnovers and one sack/fumble/safety lend some credence to the feeling that this year's Volunteer defense is one that's going to force the action.
Yes, Tennessee experienced some of the miscommunication and confusion many were concerned would be a problem in the opener. But those issues were mostly cleaned up by the end of the first quarter, and in any event, were greatly overshadowed by the confusion and big plays the Vols' attacking style created.
For fans wondering if new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri wouldn't perhaps ease his squad into things by holding back on some of the more aggressive elements of his scheme, Friday's showing was indication that even early in the season, the Vols are opening up the playbook on defense.
Someone from the second, and even the third level, of the defense seemed to be coming on almost every play. Safety Brian Randolph came on multiple blitzes in the first quarter alone, a sure sign that a defense is selling out to bring pressure.
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