As kickoff approaches, Tennessee defense prepares for test vs. Missouri

Tennessee athletes walk down Peyton Manning Pass during the Vol Walk in 2011. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee athletes walk down Peyton Manning Pass during the Vol Walk in 2011. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has promised changes on defense today when the Vols search for the first SEC win of the season against Missouri.

Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC) plays Missouri (4-5, 1-5) at Neyland Stadium (TV: WVLT, 12:21 p.m.).

Judging by early arrivals, there should be plenty of empty seats, although the weather isn't to blame. The teams warmed up under sunny skies and temperatures are expected to approach 70.

The Vols allowed 721 yards of offense to Troy a week ago, and the defense will be under pressure against talented Missouri quarterback James Franklin.

Running back Rajion Neal (ankle) and offensive tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson (knee) are expected to play today for the Vols.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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pingkr62 writes:

Here we go!!!

Smokey91 writes:

There we went. Red zone troubles continue.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Smokey91:

There we went. Red zone troubles continue.

Good stand by the D.

VolQB writes:

TN has become the "wiggle" team. One more wiggle by Martin then my grannie would have tackled him. The only "great" wiggle dude is CP.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to VolQB:

TN has become the "wiggle" team. One more wiggle by Martin then my grannie would have tackled him. The only "great" wiggle dude is CP.

Way too much dancing.

pcorange writes:

D playing MUCH better so far. Let's see if it keeps up. Hated to see Lane fumble, but at least it was deep enough not to put us in trouble.

pingkr62 writes:

Outstanding drive by the Offense. G.B.O.!!!

GerryOP writes:

It looks like we got us a college football team out there today! GooooOOOOO Vols!
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Whoooops! KO return. Well, that ought to make you naysaying negaVols happy.

cltvol writes:

penalties, turnover, and big loss in kicking game recipe for defeat--defencse needs to make big play

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Only 7 pts given up in the 1st Qtr. I like our chances.

VolQB writes:

It must be fun to be a kicker and go to college. Talk about no responsibilities.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to VolQB:

It must be fun to be a kicker and go to college. Talk about no responsibilities.

Maybe fake it next time....couldn't hurt.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

I think my computer screen's broken. Could've sworn I just saw UT intercept a pass!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Nuttin' wrong with the run game today! That's for sure!

cltvol writes:

good job defense makes play and offense does their part! this looks like a game of what might have been

GerryOP writes:

It's great... To be... A Tennessee Vol...

How 'bout them Vols!?!?!

GerryOP writes:

in response to cltvol:

good job defense makes play and offense does their part! this looks like a game of what might have been

A good way of putting it, "this looks like a game of what might have been."

VolQB writes:

This is a much better site this minute. The trolls are still under the sewer bridge.

pcorange writes:

in response to VolQB:

This is a much better site this minute. The trolls are still under the sewer bridge.

I'm sure you'd call me a troll most of the time. They are playing like an SEC team today. That's all most of us want. I'm not a "Dooley hater", I just want Tennessee to compete and win, whoever is coaching. GBO!

pcorange writes:

Boy, we got by with pass interference just then, lol. If I was Pinkel I'd be having a fit right now!

pcorange writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

Nuttin' wrong with the run game today! That's for sure!

Can't complain about the defense today, either. Much better. They've made it through the first half without allowing a single point scored against them, you can't ask for much better than that.

cltvol writes:

in response to pcorange:

Boy, we got by with pass interference just then, lol. If I was Pinkel I'd be having a fit right now!

agreed, maybe a make up for the rinky dink call on 84 for celebration,,let em have fun.

VolGrad writes:

in response to pcorange:

Boy, we got by with pass interference just then, lol. If I was Pinkel I'd be having a fit right now!

A make-up "no-call?"

Go Vols!

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