KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee cornerbacks are under as much scrutiny as any position on the football team, and new secondary coach Charlton Warren would have it no other way.
“You’re gonna get a lot of energy out of me, and I’m gonna be running all over and never shut up,” Warren said, asked to describe his coaching style. “You can hear me from Field One to Field Three.”
You could hear Vols defensive coordinator Bob Shoop last season say the same thing most every week, that Tennessee had to stop giving up explosive plays.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) April 1, 2017
The Vols return veteran senior Emmanuel Moseley on one corner, while senior Justin Martin and Sophomore Marquill Osborne appear to be the front runners at the other corner.
Junior college transfer D.J. Henderson, who redshirted last season, had an interception in Saturday’s scrimmage.
Warren — the so-called “Mr. Intensity” Award winner during his playing career at Air Force — said he started this spring with a blank slate.
Tennessee’s defensive backs, he said, will have a clear understanding of the priorities.
“There’s gonna be a tremendous amount of focus on fundamentals and technique,” Warren said. “I didn’t give them the talents they have, they wouldn’t be here without the talent, but we’re gonna refine the fundamentals and techniques.”
The Vols started 11 different secondary combinations in 13 games last season because of injuries and suspensions.
Warren’s job will be to identify and develop reliable cornerbacks after last season’s breakdowns.
Warren, who Tennessee hired away from North Carolina, insisted that Vols cornerbacks will be technically sound by the time the season opens.
“You have to have a capacity for boredom if you’re gonna play for me, because we’re gonna do the same thing every single day,” Warren said, “so when we get to Saturday, whether we’re up 20 or down 20, you’re gonna get the same corner play, the same safety play and we’re gonna perfect our craft, so that’s what you’re gonna get from me.”