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UT's D-line: A Work In Progress

Dan Brooks

Tennessee's D-line is a G-line, that's G as in Green, as in not yet ripe, lacking in SEC experience or in other words: A far cry from the not too distance days when John Henderson, Darwin Walker, Sean Ellis, Will Overstreet, Albert Haynesworth, Billy Ratliff, Rashad Moore, Constantin Ritzmann and Bernard Jackson ruled the trenches on the 1999 team.

Neither will it be confused with the 1995 UT D-line that featured defensive ends Leonard Little, Steve White and tackle Shane Burton, a talented threesome still gainfully employed in the NFL. It won't resemble the 1991 defensive front that squeezed tougher-than-two-dollar-steak-tackle tandem — Shazzon Bradley and J.J. Surlas — between a remarkable rotation of cat-quick defensive ends that included...

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