Tennessee first-year defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said he wants his players to strive for production, not just execution when they’re on the field this year.
That means gap-fitting is great, but making tackles, breaking up passes and forcing turnovers is better.
Who has stood out to him so far? He listed defensive backs Brent Brewer, Brian Randolph and Prentiss Waggner.
“But I want plays on every down,” Sunseri said.
Sunseri and the Vols’ eight other position coaches spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s practice for the first time since camp opened.
Here’s what they said:
* Offensive coordinator said the biggest difference in working with a veteran team is that “they know it’s not personal when we’re getting on their hiney.”
* Receivers coach Darin Hinshaw said he expected freshman Alton Howard to eventually make his way back to receiver, but he’s also getting work at running back.
* Sunseri said he's been thrilled with Darrington Sentimore's play. He said Sentimore has realized that “power and speed" are more important than size.
* Both Hinshaw and Chaney praised junior receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
"He hasn’t disappointed us,” Chaney said.
Much more coming later today on GoVolsXtra and in tomorrow’s News Sentinel.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.