You can count on Tennessee’s defense being better this season. And that’s not just wishful thinking from its fan base. There’s plenty of evidence, the most obvious of which is: How could it be any worse? Weakened by injuries, the Vols stumbled so frequently in the second half of the 2016 season that they wound up ranked 95th nationally in defense. But let’s get more specific in making a case for progress. The defensive line is healthier than this time last season.
This is the third in a series evaluating how Tennessee stands at each position for the 2017 football season. Go to govolsxtra.com for previous installments. If you want to inject some excitement into a conversation about Tennessee’s defense, drop Nigel Warrior’s name. The sophomore safety played just enough last season to get fans revved up about having a prominent role in UT’s secondary.
If you polled Tennessee fans on their coach’s approval rating, my guess is Butch Jones’ never would have been higher than in February 2014. The returns were in on his first full recruiting year at Tennessee. And they were outstanding. The Vols ranked seventh in 247Sports’ composite rankings. Not only did the 32-man class include 16 four-star recruits, but it also was as deep in quantity as quality. In fact, Jones’ first full recruiting class far overshadowed his first season.
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