KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's transition to a different defensive scheme has plenty of Volunteers learning a new system along with several different positions.
New defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri is switching from a primarily 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme.
Coach Derek Dooley wants the Volunteers to be more aggressive on defense than last season under Justin Wilcox, who left in January for the defensive coordinator position at Washington.
The new scheme replaces a defensive lineman with a fourth linebacker lining up on or near the line of scrimmage, and the Vols seem like the changes.
Sophomore A.J. Johnson says the scheme gives them more room to play, blitz or drop back rather than just sitting in one spot.
The Vols wrap up spring practice Saturday with the Orange and White game.
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