Vol playcallers prepare for No. 5 Georgia

Sal Sunseri

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Tennessee's Pro-Style attack, under fourth-year coordinator Jim Chaney, is ranked No. 17 in the country, averaging 513.8 yards per game. Through much of his time in Knoxville, Chaney has been forced to put the ball in the air more often than conventional Vol fans are accustomed to.

Coach Derek Dooley said recently that if his team has to throw it 40-plus times, they cannot win against quality teams. Fifth-ranked Georgia qualifies. If the Vol front cannot get a push and open holes for runners, it could be a long afternoon between the hedges.

"I think they've done a really good job trying to run the ball this year," Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham told DawgPost.com. "I can see where they've tried to make a conscious effort to be more physical. I thought they were pretty physical in the Florida game.

"When you look, you see the improved talent that they've recruited. You see guys doing things the right way. I think they're a really good team, and I think they've done a really good job."

The Bulldogs are allowing 343.3 yards per game, which ranks them at 43rd in the land. The complexities and flexibility of their 3-4 scheme is starting to pay dividends after some growing pains when Grantham first arrived.

The good thing about Sal Sunseri being Tennessee's defensive coordinator now is that quarterback Tyler Bray and the Vols get a look an an odd-man front much more often at Haslam Field workouts.

At Grantham's disposal is future NFL Draft first-round selection Jarvis Jones. The junior outside linebacker is third in the country in tackles for loss per game, registering 2.5 each week. He also has 16 solo tackles.

"I think Derek's an excellent coach," said Grantham, who's worked under gurus Frank Beamer, Dom Capers, Romeo Crennel, Wade Phillips and Nick Saban. "I think he's a guy, given the opportunity, will turn that thing around because if you compare the players that they have there now to before, it's really night and day. I think he's cleaned up a lot that was left over.

"Offensively, they've got a really good system. They've got some skill guys that are going to play in the league. They've got a tight end that can play in the league. Their quarterback will be in the league. I mean they've got NFL players. I mean they've got some talent. We'll have to prepare and be ready to play because I think they've done a good job."

See what Chaney said about Georgia and his offense following Wednesday morning's practice at Haslam Field in the HD video below:

The Tennessee Volunteers are gearing up to play one of the most explosive offenses in the country this Saturday in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs lead the country in plays of 20 or more yards on offense with 35 in just four games.

"I think what they do is they make you miss," Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said Wednesday. "Whether you are going to tackle them and they make you miss and the next thing you know the guy is exploding. They catch a ball they make you miss — it is yards after the catch, yards after the first hit.

"That is why you have to get more than one person there. We aren't just trying to get one guy one-on-one because they have some good athletes."

Georgia is averaging 7.6 yards every time they snap the ball. With the arm strength of quarterback Aaron Murray combined with the power of freshman tailback Todd Gurley and you have one of the most balanced attacks in the nation.

"I think they are really balanced," Sunseri said. "I think they have a good set of wide receivers, I think they have a great stable a backs. They have a combination if they want to spread you out they can spread you out and dink and dunk you. They also have that back that as a single back has enough power to run you over."

Murray, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior, has flourished in the Dawgs offense this season, going 69 of 104 through the air racking up 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

"Aaron has done a great job," Sunseri said. "He is delivering the ball very well. You have to try to disguise coverages, you have to try to mix things up on him, make him guess, make him think he is seeing, but he really isn't. He is a very good student of the game and a darn good football player."

One thing that Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is concerned about is the Vols' ability to create takeaways in the passing game. The Vols have nine interceptions in four contests in 2012, led by safety Bryon Moore, who has three interceptions including two in Week 3 against Akron.

"They are doing a good job with takeaways — eight or nine interceptions," Bobo said. "They are getting their hands on balls. They have two edge players that are athletic. I don't think they have gotten a lot of sacks, but they create a lot of havoc."

Watch below as Sunseri addresses the media following Wednesday's practice at Haslam Field:

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