Sal Sunseri: Troy's offense will keep Vols on their toes

Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri looks back to the sideline as the Vols take on South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri looks back to the sideline as the Vols take on South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Derek Dooley on defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri

Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said Troy’s offense will keep the Vols on their toes with multiple looks.

"They’re delivering the ball to all four wide receivers," Sunseri said Wednesday. "They will go to empty (backfield), they will go into a two-back set, they will run the option and they have two different style quarterbacks.”

Tennessee (3-5) plays Troy (4-4) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: FSN, noon).

Troy is 26th in the nation in total offense (459.6 yards per game).

Sunseri said the Tennessee defense has a familiar focus this week: Cutting down on the breakdowns that lead to big plays.

"We’re giving up too many dang explosives, and when you give up explosives, it costs you," Sunseri said. "We’re going out in practice and making sure that we aren't giving up any explosives in practice, and that’s going to help them on Saturday.

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

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atnvol#283282 writes:

Is anything the man says believeable anymore....folks just really don't care at this point....he's a dead man walking.

FearlessFreep writes:

Prairie View A&M would keep this defense on their toes.

arkansasvol1975 writes:

Really? So get ready for them to score alot of points. Hasn't every offense we have faced this year done that. Apparently, no one gets this defense and this might turn into a loss.....to a damn Sun Belt team no less. Are only hope is outscoring them.

Cousin_Eddie writes:

More breaking news: Water is wet!

Thumper72 writes:

Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result??

UTVolWarrior98 writes:

Here come the sorry excuses already! Its like they know exactly how to soften the blow before it even happens. Well done Doolittle..you've rubbed off on Sal! YOU ARENT GOING TO DO A DAM N THING TO HELP THIS TEAM ON SATURDAY SAL!!!! Like I said, its like George leading Lenny...HEY SAL, HAVE FUN TENDIN DOSE WABBITS NEXT YEAR!!

HONOR THY VOLS..CHERISH THEM...

stovepipedrinker writes:

Blah. Blah. Blah. Sal has been singing the same old song for 8 games now. As the old saying goes.......Don't let the door hit you.....

thevoice writes:

in response to arkansasvol1975:

Really? So get ready for them to score alot of points. Hasn't every offense we have faced this year done that. Apparently, no one gets this defense and this might turn into a loss.....to a damn Sun Belt team no less. Are only hope is outscoring them.

The only folks who understand this defense are the opposing teams. Sad. Just plain sad.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

Either Maryville or Alcoa High school would keep Sunseri on his toes, and probably each throw and run for over 200 yards each.

tennisvol writes:

Any offense would keep Sal's defense on its toes. One of the worst defenses in the history of TN football under Dooley's watch.

arkansasvol1975 writes:

in response to stovepipedrinker:

Blah. Blah. Blah. Sal has been singing the same old song for 8 games now. As the old saying goes.......Don't let the door hit you.....

Bet he didn't say that at Bama. Somehow, I think that Bama is paying us back for the whole Phil Fulmer fiasco that put them in hot water with the NCAA. How many Bama coaches are on our roster or have went back to Bama. Bet Saben and Mal Moore are laughing it up right now.

tedstryker1980 writes:

Wow... so now this guy is front running to lower our defensive expectations against Troy? What kind of buyout did we give this fat@ss? For that matter why did we? He was never more than a position coach... If Hart made the call on hiring Sunseri then he needs to fired as well.

Colts_VolFan writes:

It is not just the personel. It is the calls as well. (see 3rd and goal on the 26 and UT had 1 deep man.) Doesn't matter what defense you run, if you don't call the right alignment. For this clown to say that Troy will keep them on their toes is a joke. Of course they will. Why wouldn't they? What has changed? Did Sal get smarter? Did the DBs get faster? It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

GreerVol22 writes:

better hope we run the ball a lot and keep them off the field.

armedndangerous writes:

That's a lot of explosives for one team to handle in just 8 games. When will his defense send in the bomb squad?

usafvol writes:

Sometimes the Vols make the news on espn so I go to their website and read the story. On occassion I also read the coments posted and it's usually people across the country bashing us and our fans calling us things like "hicks, boobs, uneducated hillbillies", you know, things like that. After reading posts on here, I find it very hard to argue with them. So many people hating without a clue. Stay classy Vol Fans!

nocleats writes:

Farragut High School would keep our Defense on its toes, and we dont seem to have 1 mean dirty nasty cheatin spittin cheap shoting dirty playing meaner than heck pizzed off crazy player on our defense who is gonna do something about it.

lamardog#628889 writes:

phooey Knoxville's worst high school team would keep Sunseri's defense on their toes - send him back to Alabama

Colts_VolFan writes:

in response to usafvol:

Sometimes the Vols make the news on espn so I go to their website and read the story. On occassion I also read the coments posted and it's usually people across the country bashing us and our fans calling us things like "hicks, boobs, uneducated hillbillies", you know, things like that. After reading posts on here, I find it very hard to argue with them. So many people hating without a clue. Stay classy Vol Fans!

Not sure about uneducated because I still remember paying off the student loans, but I was born and bred a Tennessee hillbilly you pompous a__.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Troy's offense is currently ranked 26th in the nation. It will be interesting to see how much they move up next week.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to arkansasvol1975:

Really? So get ready for them to score alot of points. Hasn't every offense we have faced this year done that. Apparently, no one gets this defense and this might turn into a loss.....to a damn Sun Belt team no less. Are only hope is outscoring them.

So, you're saying our only chance of winning is to score more points than they do. That may be the most profound, insightful thing I have ever read.

OrangePride writes:

Holy Cow.........if Sunseri is already priming us for another 500 yard day, what does that say? Maybe CSS needs to stay on HIS TOES! Clearly, our weakest suit is pass defense. No secret there. So; 1) Maintain ball control with a solid balanced offense, 2) pressure the QB with a variety of blitz packages and looks, and 3) use a lot of nickle/dime defenses as they do not run the ball that well. But PLEASE...do not even TRY to tell us the system is tooooooooo complicated for these 3* and 4* athletes to master. Maybe you just haven't done a good job teaching it! GO VOLS!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

better hope we run the ball a lot and keep them off the field.

Perkins from MSU tagged them with almost 200 yards rushing..Troy just gave up 34 points in a loss to FAU who's preseason goal was to win 2 games this year..FAU is one very pitiful team

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Troy's offense is currently ranked 26th in the nation. It will be interesting to see how much they move up next week.

Troy's overall team ranking is 103. Florida Atlantic ranked at 120 beat them this past weekend. Tennessee overall 33. This should be over at end of 1st qtr and VOLS 2nd team should come in. Miss State was totally embarassed by them. This should be VOLS 56 - 70 spread.

TKO writes:

Hell, Kingston Middle School would keep your secondary confused.

laraccoon writes:

in response to usafvol:

Sometimes the Vols make the news on espn so I go to their website and read the story. On occassion I also read the coments posted and it's usually people across the country bashing us and our fans calling us things like "hicks, boobs, uneducated hillbillies", you know, things like that. After reading posts on here, I find it very hard to argue with them. So many people hating without a clue. Stay classy Vol Fans!

im guessing more than a few people on here are going to mark you off their Christmas card list but i have to admit its hard to argue with your point . This is only a small portion of UTs fan base but it does cast a shadow over the majority , but you have to admit these boards are at the least very entertaining. i used to live across the street from a baseball field/rec center in Anderson Co. and during baseball season for games the parking lot would be fairly crowded but come football season just for a practice parking lot , adjacent streets , nearby parking lots were all jammed . i guess my point is Tennessee people are football junkies and i guess i dont see anything wrong with them expecting more but i think the name calling is more than a little childish , but i have noticed one thing this year win or lose its hard for me to remember one time our players and coaches have failed to handle themselves with the utmost class and i commend Dooley for that .

CrankE writes:

"Troy's offense will keep Vols on their toes."

Well, seeting UT's defense on their toes would certainly be a welcome change...

I guess there's a first time for everything. The rest of this season, however, Tennessee's defense has been flat-footed with shoes of concrete. Not that I'm implying a "sleep with the fishes" metaphor or anything like that for a legitimate businessman..uh, coach like Sunseri. After all, "we can't just stick our heads in our tails and go home."

IT'S 1ST AND SUNSERI BABY!!! FUGGHEDABOUDIT!!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to usafvol:

Sometimes the Vols make the news on espn so I go to their website and read the story. On occassion I also read the coments posted and it's usually people across the country bashing us and our fans calling us things like "hicks, boobs, uneducated hillbillies", you know, things like that. After reading posts on here, I find it very hard to argue with them. So many people hating without a clue. Stay classy Vol Fans!

ESPN has aired that embarrassing sideline TD by Burton and the Gaturds about 300 times and I cringe everytime

BornTNfan writes:

in response to usafvol:

Sometimes the Vols make the news on espn so I go to their website and read the story. On occassion I also read the coments posted and it's usually people across the country bashing us and our fans calling us things like "hicks, boobs, uneducated hillbillies", you know, things like that. After reading posts on here, I find it very hard to argue with them. So many people hating without a clue. Stay classy Vol Fans!

From one AF vol fan to another, I hear you. I have always taken great pride in knowing that we had some of the best fans in college football, win or loose, but many of the fans on here are just awful. I don't like the amount of points or yardage that we are given up this year, but I do like the intensity and straight forwardness that CSS has. I believe his D will improve next year and they have continued to grow this year. They will play pretty good D for 3/4 of a game, but the 1/4 gives up huge plays resulting in huge points. People, I know I am asking a lot, but have some patience and support your team who is trying their best week after week. The team truly cares and is not happy with loosing; look at the O line, who played fantastic for 58 minutes in controlling Clowney, but beat themselves up over one play, which was a crucial play. Support your team and GO VOLS!

fearthehound writes:

USAFVOL pretty much nailed it. How many posts above named local high schools and middle schools who could move on this defense? How original. All we need is to name OrangePride the coach and put 'nocleats' on defense and we should be fine.

crappieking writes:

I high school team's offense could keep Sal's defense on their toes. Fire Dooley!!!!

underthehill writes:

in response to arkansasvol1975:

Bet he didn't say that at Bama. Somehow, I think that Bama is paying us back for the whole Phil Fulmer fiasco that put them in hot water with the NCAA. How many Bama coaches are on our roster or have went back to Bama. Bet Saben and Mal Moore are laughing it up right now.

I think the report Hart gave to bama re: the financial status of UT ath dept being by far the worst in the conference seemed rather strange ..and even more strange is UT apparently did not see this as a problem..at least I have not read of any objections..

bbmon13#478091 writes:

I guess 'explosives' is the cute buzzword that coaches use now....believe me coach, we get it, we are VERY WELL familiar with 'explosives'....we see several first hand every Saturday.

This guy talks and appears to be kinda clueless....

Classof72 writes:

"Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said Troy’s offense will keep the Vols on their toes with multiple looks."

On their toes? On their backsides, more likely. The Vol defenders are trying their best; they just don't know what to do, or are too slow to do it. It's a little sad, but they're still our guys, the only ones we got. GO VOLS, anyway!

Ichabod writes:

He makes $75,000 per game........

BeRealistic writes:

Who else in the SEC has beat the 5 teams we've lost to? I think we sweep our last 4 games baring key injuries.

StoneJackBaller writes:

Tennessee 44, Troy 38. We'll win because we will run the ball better.

87and1dad writes:

In other words Sal is saying, "If we lose, I told you so." As if this will soften the blow...

voodoo101 writes:

in response to BeRealistic:

Who else in the SEC has beat the 5 teams we've lost to? I think we sweep our last 4 games baring key injuries.

Careful, that's asking a lot of the W/L crowd. Although winning and losing does seem to be the only thing they understand.

chl1958 writes:

Sunseri is in over his head;the epitome of the Peter Principle,a DC he is not. Our Athletes are not that bad,just misdirected. He drives rather than leads;his management and motivation skills are sadly lacking!
Praise in public and criticize in private. Support our players while Saying Sayonara Sunseri!

Orangepuddinskin writes:

Cousin Eddie is a classic poster. He kills me. LOL

lemme_axya_this writes:

45singleshot=Grumblefish=Toddy boy

StoneJackBaller writes:

in response to usafvol:

Sometimes the Vols make the news on espn so I go to their website and read the story. On occassion I also read the coments posted and it's usually people across the country bashing us and our fans calling us things like "hicks, boobs, uneducated hillbillies", you know, things like that. After reading posts on here, I find it very hard to argue with them. So many people hating without a clue. Stay classy Vol Fans!

Nobody's hating on the Vols...we love them...passionately. That's why we want them to win. If your child keeps coming home with bad grades, you wouldn't say, "Don't worry son, you'll do better", or "let's see how you do next year before we change your habits"...No, hopefully you'd offer a way to correct his problems. Maybe the teacher is the problem. In this instance, it just might be the coach. If you love that child, you find a way to make it better. Now, you obviously don't care as deeply for the Vols as some of us others do, but we're tired of failing grades. It's time to change our habits. So don't tell us we don't have a clue. Don't call us "hicks, boobs, and uneducated hillbillies", like you just did. I'm not asking you to get on the "fire Dooley" train....but you should at least consider that it just might be the teacher that is the problem.

screenthis writes:

This article was just 'set up' for comments. If Troy posts over 500 yards offense on our D, we'll be forced to move to the Sunbelt conference.

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

Shhhhhhh Sal. Just don't talk...it's almost over.

FearlessFreep writes:

in response to voodoo101:

Careful, that's asking a lot of the W/L crowd. Although winning and losing does seem to be the only thing they understand.

Last time I checked they still have scoreboards at all the games. This isn't pee-wee football where everyone gets a trophy. If your peers are beating you then you have to do something to keep up with them.

pratt71 writes:

in response to BornTNfan:

From one AF vol fan to another, I hear you. I have always taken great pride in knowing that we had some of the best fans in college football, win or loose, but many of the fans on here are just awful. I don't like the amount of points or yardage that we are given up this year, but I do like the intensity and straight forwardness that CSS has. I believe his D will improve next year and they have continued to grow this year. They will play pretty good D for 3/4 of a game, but the 1/4 gives up huge plays resulting in huge points. People, I know I am asking a lot, but have some patience and support your team who is trying their best week after week. The team truly cares and is not happy with loosing; look at the O line, who played fantastic for 58 minutes in controlling Clowney, but beat themselves up over one play, which was a crucial play. Support your team and GO VOLS!

Well said borntnfan. I say we just fire all the trolls that are responding. Go vols!

CrankE writes:

"Explosives?"

boom.

Maybe he meant "expletives". Tomayto, tomahto.

claiborneh writes:

" Wur geevin up too maney dang plosives"

Refund please

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

I'm not posting anymore until we get some real coaches. Screw this.

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