Vols make changes, continue to struggle on defense

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As the season grows older, Tennessee's defense has become younger.

Now it needs to get better.

Tennessee has made various personnel changes over the course of the season in an attempt to boost a defense that has allowed the most points and yards per game of any team in the Southeastern Conference. Each change involved promoting an underclassman over an older player.

Sophomore cornerback Justin Coleman, freshman safety LaDarrell McNeil and sophomore outside linebacker Jordan Williams have moved atop the depth chart at the expense of senior cornerback Marsalis Teague, junior safety Brent Brewer and junior outside linebacker Jacques Smith.

So far, all these changes haven't altered the results. The Volunteers (3-5) head into Saturday's game with Troy having allowed 33.9 points and 453.4 yards per game.

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