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Turning Up the Heat

Carlos Dunlap

A close examination of Tennessee's season reveals a glaring need for a better running game and better run defense, but lurking in the shadows is another deficiency that, while not as obvious, is every bit as injurious to the Vols' football fortunes.

The underlying problem plaguing UT's pigskin prospects has to do with the pass rush and can be succinctly summed up: If you want to be at the top of the heap you have to be able to bring the heat. Tennessee began the season with 10 sacks in the first four games and finished the season with one sack in the last four games. It's no coincidence that UT has four interceptions in the first four games...

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