Wide receiver David Boston, the San Diego Chargers main free agent acquisition in the off-season has…
Will Vols Resurrect the 3-4 this Fall?
Tennessee coaches acknowledged the Vols had worked on the 3-4 in practice, but denied such a package was prominent in their plans for the season. They maintained that variations in the 4-3 were always utilized and the 3-4 was simply one of those looks. Whether they were attempting to mislead the opposition by misinforming the public is not clear, but the entire issue became moot when outside linebacker Kevin Burnett went down with a season ending knee injury in the opening series of the 2002 campaign. Three weeks later his replacement, Kevin Simon, suffered a broken ankle and 3-4 talk became mute. Later, UT defensive coordinator Johnny Chavis admitted the Vols had invested a lot of time in developing a 3-4 package that featured Burnett in a starring role. Plans to retool the 3-4 attack with Simon were never enacted after the freshman was sidelined, and no one remained among UT's depleted linebacker corps with the talent to handle the job. With both Simon and Burnett missing from...
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