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I actually believe Smith. UT's lack of skill players on Offense and last year's horrible defense (I told you Sunseri was overrated when he was hired) has pretty much destroyed expectations for what should be a decent defensive group. Don't get me wrong, they won't be world beaters by any stretch, but will probably be much more capable than last year's squad simply because they are moving to a system that suits them much better. I'm not sold on John Jancek at all(Dooley's 2011 squad hung 45 on his D and then Duke ran up 34 points on Cincy in the 2012 Belk Bowl), but at least he has coordinated a defense in the past and works well with Coach Jones. We'll see, but I wouldn't predict that Jancek remains long in the SEC. Defense is the life-blood of SEC success and I'm not sure if the guy is ready for prime-time. Of course, I'm not ready for prime-time, but nobody is paying me hundreds of thousands of dollars to coach UT's defense either, so it works out.
Will a moderately good defense make up for an inconsistent passing game and what is looking like a group of mediocre RBs? I think it will even out and UT will do better than 5-7. In fact, I think UT has the talent to go 7-5 even with the schedule that we have (go cream puffs!!)
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