April 16, 2012

Strategy part of teams' focus

Long before he seized command of the starting fullback position in Tennessee's offense, Ben Bartholomew dirtied his cleats on the Volunteers' special teams units.

Keeping up with seemingly annual rules changes, Bartholomew joked, was nearly as taxing as the body-sacrificing coverage units.

"It's a little neat. I feel like every year there's a different rule on kickoff return and where you kick off and things like that," Bartholomew said. "So we just kind of adjust accordingly, and I think they're coming up with a really good game plan."

Tennessee, which is transitioning to new special teams coordinator Charlie Coiner and has an intricately involved head coach Derek Dooley on teams, joins all of college football in again adjusting to various rules modifications, most notably launching kickoffs from the 35-yard line.

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