KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has posted the fewest sacks in the Southeastern Conference each of the last two years and has averaged only 17 sacks over the last three seasons. Now the Volunteers must replace all four starting defensive linemen from last year's team.
Last year's results underscore the necessity of an improved pass rush. The Vols had 14 sacks in their five wins and only four sacks in their seven losses.
Tennessee doesn't have anyone who recorded more than 1 ½ sacks last season or who has more than 4 ½ sacks in his career.
The Vols believe they'll have an improved pass rush this year. The return of linebacker Curt Maggitt from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and the potential of sophomore defensive end Corey Vereen offer cause for optimism.