In the wake of a woeful performance Saturday against Troy, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said he would take a more active role in the defense.
“I'm coming out of the offensive room and putting all my attention on defense,” Dooley said Monday during his weekly news conference.
The Vols (4-5, 0-5 SEC) play Missouri (4-5, 1-5) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: SEC Network, 12:21 p.m.)
Tennessee allowed 721 yards of total offense to the Trojans in a 55-48 victory last Saturday.
Dooley said defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri might move upstairs to coach from the press box as part of changes in the Vols’ game-day routine.
As for criticism of Sunseri and the defense, Dooley said that comes with the territory.
"Like Bruce Hornsby and the Range, that's just the way it is,” he said.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.