UT defensive line seeks more push

KNOXVILLE - The defensive backs aren't the only players on Tennessee's maligned defense that hate allowing big pass plays.

The Volunteers' front seven has struggled to generate consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which hasn't helped their struggling secondary counterparts.

Through nine games, Tennessee has a Southeastern Conference-worst 12 sacks and managed just three quarterbacks in Troy's 60 pass attempts last week.

"That's definitely been a little bit frustrating, especially when you see long balls going down the field back at the back," linebacker Jordan Williams said. "It's not just on them. It's on us."

First-year defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said it's been tough to do what he'd like to do in the secondary due to its struggles, and third-year head coach Derek Dooley said there's a number of reasons for the inconsistency with the pass rushers.