Vols coaches plan to cross-train linebackers

Tennessee linebacker Colton Jumper, left, and defensive lineman Darrell Taylor celebrate after a turnover during an NCAA football game against Southern Mississippi at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles previewing Tennessee football before spring practices begin March 20.

Position breakdown

LinebackersWho’s gone: Cortez McDowell, Elliott Berry, Colton JumperWho’s new: JJ Peterson and Jordan Allen are expected to join the program this summer.

photo New Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks to the audience before the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Calvin Mattheis)

photo Tennessee defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo (1) pumps the crowd up against South Carolina at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn.

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee's new football coaching staff prefers linebackers who can line up in all four linebacker positions within a 3-4 defensive scheme.