Sunseri admits disappointment

Sunseri admits disappointment


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Sal Sunseri is moving upstairs. Whether it's the fix Tennessee's defense needs won't be known until Saturday at the earliest.

Sunseri, Tennessee's defensive coordinator, will call plays from the coaches booth on the press box level high above the playing field at Neyland Stadium when the Vols host Missouri.

"I like being up there because you're away from everything. I think you get better eyes up there and you can see more what's going on," Sunseri said after practice on Wednesday.

"The only thing you miss is being around those kids and pushing them and all that. But coach has made a good decision on this and he wants to do it, so we're going to do it."

Tennessee's defense is ranked last in the SEC for points allowed, giving up nearly 36 points per game. Sunseri is in his first year as Tennessee's top defensive coach.

"It's been a learning process on both side and the kids, my hats are off to them because they came out here today and they gave everything they could and they're trying," said Sunseri.

"I am not disappointed in the kids. I am disappointed in myself and I've just got to keep pushing them and keep on finding out what's going to trigger them to make them better."

Dooley said he was planning to work exclusively with the defensive coaches the entire week, but at least one member of the staff said there likely won't be significant changes in the way the Vols approach playing the game.

"All of our coverages are the same," said defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley. 

"We're going to pick and chose some things when to use them. As far as schematic changes, no, there won't be any changes. It will be the same defense we've been running the last 7-8 weeks."


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