Tennessee's defense authors dominant first half, but second leaves room for growth

Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel Hood (97) intercepts a pass for a Tennessee possession during the first half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel Hood (97) intercepts a pass for a Tennessee possession during the first half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Senior defensive tackle Daniel Hood took a swing with his large paw and batted an Austin Peay pass. It lingered in the air long enough for him to catch his first career interception.

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slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

You are correct Mr. Moore The game is simple if you just line up and play hard nose football.
As my old coach used to tell us Knock the snot out of the guy across from you and life gets much easier.

JSmith525 writes:

Dan Hood has become my favorite Vol. I am proud of how he has represented the Vols.
I hope that the defense can keep it together and play like this all season. GO VOLS!!!!!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Dan Hood has become my favorite Vol. I am proud of how he has represented the Vols.
I hope that the defense can keep it together and play like this all season. GO VOLS!!!!!!

I agree. Hood has overcome a lot to be where he is today. That INT reminded me of a UT-Auburn game back in the early 60s. The only thing I clearly remember about that game is that an Auburn defensive TACKLE had THREE INTs in that game. Every one of them was exactly the same--this guy just rose up out of the pile at the line of scrimmage and SNATCHED each one of them out of the air with both hands. I don't think I've ever heard of a DT making more than one INT in a game, let alone three. I wonder if the guy--I think his last name was Thornton, but I don't remember his first--bugged his coaches to put him at tight end after that game. I probably would have!

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