The transition on defense is far from complete, but time is still on Sal Sunseri's side.
Tennessee has only gone through six practices with its new defensive coordinator and the new approach he's brought with him.
That leaves him nine more in spring camp after the morning workout on Wednesday, and he was quick to point out that 27 of them would follow in the fall as he met with the media for the first time since practice resumed.
"They’ve responded, they’ve done a lot of good things, they’re trying to work hard," Sunseri said. "It’s a lot of new language for them, but they have given me everything they have. I’m extremely pleased with their effort, I’m extremely pleased with the way that they’re trying to come learn it.
"Are they going to learn it overnight? No, they’re not. We’re going to keep on working."
The next chance for the Vols to do it on the field is a big one in terms of personnel evaluation, and the scrimmage slated for Friday morning will also provide an early barometer of the progress they've made absorbing Sunseri's system.
That will start with the basics of simply lining up correctly, but after that Sunseri indicated he'll be looking for something that's not necessarily a part of the playbook as he tries to get a gauge on the toughness of his first unit at UT.
"these guys have come in here, they’ve bought in, they want to get better, they want to go out and play like a champion," Sunseri said. "My whole thing is if you go out and you put your product on the field and your name is on the back, I want toughness, I want discipline and I want you to act like a pro."
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