University of Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri received his new position a few months ago. A week ago, he also received the responsibility of coaching the Orange team, which held the first-team defense and the second-team offense. Who would have realized that Sunseri would have found success so soon as his Orange squad beat offensive coordinator Jim Chaney’s White squad 17-14?
Sunseri replaced Justin Wilcox who signed with the Washington Huskies to be their defensive coordinator. The departure brought questions about Tennessee’s defense for the upcoming season. A 17-14 score for the Orange/White game answered a few of those questions.
Orange’s defense held the first-team offense to 240 total yards. White’s offense founds some success in the run game, gaining 80 net yards rushing. This statistic seems to be more of a testament to Orange’s defense as the math says that White only managed to get 160 in passing yards.
The spring game gives players the opportunity to showcase their improvement, but the entire 2012 does not get the opportunity to play as some of the freshmen have not arrived yet. Only August and September will reveal glimpses of what to expect in 2012.