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Karl's a key for UT defense

Karl's a key for UT defense

He's small for a linebacker but he makes a big difference for Tennessee's defense.

Back from an eight-week layoff caused by a back injury, Ryan Karl recorded two tackles and a pass breakup in Tuesday's final preseason scrimmage. What he contributes goes far beyond statistics, however. He's a combination CEO and cheerleader, keeping the stop unit organized and motivated. "Ryan gets us lined up," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "He's got an energy about him and he...

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