Defensive Line Depth a Good Problem for the Vols

WBIR Sports Reporter Louis Fernandez has more from coaches Bob Shoop and Steve Stripling on a new and improved D-line for the Vols.

One of Tennessee's biggest problems this year isn't much of a problem at all. The Vols could have a deep rotation on the defensive line that is unprecedented in the Butch Jones era. 

Defensive Coordinator Bob Shoop and defensive line coach Steve Stripling wiLL be responsible for sorting it all out.

"I think we feel really good about the depth we've talked about at d-end," Shoop said. "we're deeper here at d-end than we've probably been anywhere."

For Shoop, the depth will help the players focus on quality, not quantity.

"Rather than having a guy play 70, 75 snaps, if we can get him to play 50 snaps really really hard, that's a good benefit for us."

Stripling looks for the depth to help in late game situations.

"This rotation we're talking about," Shoop said, "is going to put us in a better position to close games. It's hard to be (doing), what we're terming, Superman efforts. Closing a drive out, two minute drives, making those kind of efforts and plays, and it's hard to do if you've been out there 60 snaps."

Appalachian State will offer an early test for Tennessee. The Mountaineer offensive line is one of the best in the country, particularly against the run.


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