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Vols Machine-Like Defense Shines Against Troy

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I have written throughout this historic 2012 season that the Vols defense was “way behind” the offense. I recommended that Dooley and Chaney go to a ball control offense that would eat up the clock and score fewer points so that the defense could stay on the sidelines and rest more. Last Saturday, the defense showed the offense that they could play a little ball too.

Tennessee welcomed Troy University to its campus for Homecoming Day on Saturday. The Trojans are in the midst of another Sunbelt championship kind of a season and so Dooley was unable to keep most of his swarming defensive schemes under wraps, yet the Vols still dominated the action from the opening whistle. In the last of its tuneup games before the traditional grind of a punishing November SEC schedule, with a gauntlet of Missouri, Vandy and UK waiting in the wings, Tennessee next rolled past Troy for a 55-48 win.

Sure the Vols gave up 48 points and 722 yards to the second best team in all of Alabama.  But when it looked like the Trojans might pull out another victory the Tennessee defense rose to the occasion. What was supposed to be a knock-down, drag out tussle for four quarters quickly disintegrated into a one-sided bullying of the Trojans by a swarming, smothering and opportunistic defense that Dooley unleashed. The Vols rose time and time again to thwart the explosive Troy offense taking a page from former Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox’s playbook, “bend but don’t break” scheme.

Not many people thought the Vols could stop the potent offense fielded by Troy. Tennessee’s chances were hindered even more by the fact that Dooley was still recovering from hip surgery. But the players on the field decide the outcome of the game, and in this instance Tennessee’s eleven were simply better.

The Troy win is the first step on Tennessee’s road back to prominence.

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Jai Eugene

Jai Eugene

No I am not the real Jai Eugene from LSU. Or as Jai is known at Tennessee as "the one that got away". I am retired Army Aviator that happens to have a blog that produces sometimes relevant Tennessee Vols content. Sure those dicks over DawgSports and the MGOBlog say we are a little "analysis challenged". Maybe it had something to do with me helping to defend their first amendment rights overseas while they were out shopping at the mall. Anyway, we have been around since 2006. Been mentioned in GoVolsxtra, Sports illustrated, ESPN, the Atlanta Journal and Deadspin to name but a few major left wing sports media that seem to think we do a pretty good job. If you have story tips, want to chat or advertise on the site contact me at loserwithsocks@gmail.com
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