KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee secondary could hold the key to the Vols’ success this season.
New coach Jeremy Pruitt has said the level of play in the secondary dictates what types of coverages and fronts a defense can play.
The Vols’ defensive backs have been inconsistent the past two seasons, often failing to make plays even when in the proper position.
Tennessee ranked tops in the SEC in pass defense last season, but that was largely because the Vols were so easy to run on, ranking last in the league and 125th in the nation in rush defense.
Safety Nigel Warrior is the most dynamic athlete on defense and has become more assignment sound since giving up game-winning points his freshman season against South Carolina.
The other safety spot is expected to feature a competition between seniors Micah Abernathy and Todd Kelly Jr., along with sophomore Theo Jackson.
Tennessee has several players auditioning to replace the departed starters at cornerback and nickleback.
Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discussed the secondary in today’s podcast.
Tennessee football podcast
Tennessee football 2018 previews
- Secondary remains primary concern for Tennessee football
- Vols linebackers must become dominant force once more
- Tennessee receivers looking to catch on with new staff
- Vols defensive line needs to add power, toughness
- Vols offensive line preview: Will Friend triggers big improvements
- Tennessee tailbacks: Can Ty Chandler play big enough to win starting job?
- Vols quarterbacks: Don’t call it a controversy, but it is a competition
Tennessee football 2018 position podcasts
- Tennessee quarterbacks podcast: Discussing Vols’ issues at QB
- Vols running backs podcast: Who will Jeremy Pruitt turn to for a yard?
- Podcast: Tennessee wideouts have lacked the YAC
- Tennessee linebackers biggest issue is in training room
- Podcast: Tennessee offensive line dealing with weighty issues
- Defensive line podcast, talk of Jeremy Pruitt challenging defensive line