Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said he fully supports head coach Derek Dooley’s plan to take a more active role in the defense after the Vols allowed 721 yards in a victory against Troy last week.
“He’s the boss. I think it will be good,” Sunseri said. “I’m disappointed in myself because I know what (the players) have the capability of doing, I just got to get it out of them.”
Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC) plays Missouri (4-5, 1-5) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: SEC Network, 12:21 p.m.)
Sunseri wouldn’t confirm that he will coach Saturday’s game from the press box, but his answers implied that the move was likely. Sunseri said he had coached from upstairs for the last seven seasons.
“I like being up there because you get better eyes up there and can see more of what’s going on,” he said.
Sunseri said he didn’t blame the players for the defense’s failings and he praised the team’s effort in practice.
“You always have pride,” Sunseri said of the criticism he has taken. “We’re not playing as good as we need to play on defense. And I’m responsible. I’m the guy that’s calling it.”
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.