Vols Coordinators Size Up Tennessee in Fall Camp


If Tennessee is going to improve on their eight win season from last year, they’re going to have to do it against an all SEC schedule. Defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney size up the Vols going into this unique season.

Reporter:”Derrick as you look at this defense what excites you right now, and what concerns you right now?”
Said Ansley:”What excites me is we have a ten game SEC schedule. Every week you’ve got to be ready to go. You’re are going to be judged every week by how you perform. What concerns me? Lack of spring ball. The lack of playing time together, but we do have a lot of guys who played last year and have played most years.”
Lack of spring had to hurt the receiving corps.
The Vols lost Marquez Callaway and Jauan Jennings, so now some freshmen will be called upon to provide big plays.
Said Chaney:”They’ll go fast. They might go the wrong way fast, and that creates some problems. They’re going fast on the football field. I’m very pleased with the kids we brought in here. The young wide receivers. I think we’re going to be just fine.”
Chaney expects to see growth from his senior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.
Said Chaney:”And so far up to date, you can see that he has demonstrated the importance of the ball and also understanding our concepts. Those numbers continue to rise.”
What about affecting the other team’s quarterback?
Tennessee graduated their best pass rusher in Darrell Taylor.
Said Ansley:”It’s going to be a challenge to replace that kind of production. That kind of talent. It’s going to be kind of by committee. We had a couple of guys that played last year, and we need younger guys to step forward.”
As far as the offensive line goes, it’s a work in progress according to Chaney.
Said Chaney:”It’s just keeping that pressure on them. We have more competition at those positions that inevitably should make you better as we work our way through it, so I’m pleased with that.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.