Derek Dooley says 'D' work goes on

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KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee's search for answers on defense has continued, but the only result has been a continuing slide down the national rankings.

The Volunteers seem to be close to running out of answers, too.

After surrendering 510 yards and 38 points to South Carolina, first-year coordinator Sal Sunseri's defense is down to 99th nationally in yards allowed.

"The reality is our statistics. We're not going to sit there and defend anything we're doing because statistically we can't," third-year head coach Derek Dooley said at his weekly news conference Monday. "I think the important thing is -- and it's what I told Sal -- that we've got to get our focus on solutions and playing better next week.