Vols notebook: Darrell Taylor's domination earns national honor

Tennessee's Darrell Taylor makes a tackle during the third quarter of Saturday's game against Kentucky in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football team met two important objectives in Saturday's home game against Kentucky by jumping out to a big lead and forcing the normally run-heavy Wildcats to pass.

The Volunteers accomplished the latter by stuffing the Wildcats on first and second downs, which resulted in a number of third-and-long situations.

That led to a lot of Darrell Taylor in Kentucky's backfield.

The Tennessee defensive end finished with four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his team's 24-7 dismantling of Kentucky. On Sunday, the 6-foot-4, 247-pound redshirt junior was named the Walter Camp national defensive player of the week.

"All week we've been stressing not letting the quarterback get out of the pocket, and I think the interior guys did an awesome job of pushing the pocket so the edge guys could get around the edge and make sacks and make plays," Taylor said Saturday night.