Tennessee football practice on Oct. 24, 2012
Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said the success of the Vols’ offense will hinge on stopping South Carolina’s dominant defensive line.
“They have game-wreckers up front,” Chaney said Wednesday. “If you don’t care of the (defensive line), you won’t have a chance to do anything on the back half of the defense. They’re exceptional. They play hard as heck.”
The Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) play No. 17 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) on Saturday (TV: ESPN, noon).
South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is considered one of the nation’s top players, and Chaney said there’s no easy solution to beat him.
“I’ve watched a lot of people try to block him with two (men), and it didn’t work so well,” Chaney said.
He added jokingly, “If we put three or four (on Clowney), it would look sort of strange.”
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.