Vol 'D' faces task ahead

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Over the last 11 seasons, Tennessee is 37-9 (.804) in the month of November.

If the Volunteers (3-5) want to boost that mark, they must slow down the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (2-5) on Saturday night.

Kickoff at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville is a 7:08 (TV: FOX Sports South).

Eight of Middle Tennessee's 11 offensive starters are in at least their fourth year of eligibility, including redshirt junior Preston Bailey, who started his career at UT. That experience allows them to play an up-tempo style, which has them leading the Sun Belt Conference in passing (290.4), total offense (462.4), rushing (172) and fewest sacks allowed (4).

The Murfreesboro bunch is averaging 29.9 points per game and has scored 30 or more points four times this season.

With the season-ending injury to strong safety Brent Brewer, the Vols are having to rearrange their defensive backfield. For the time being, it looks like Prentiss Waggner will go to free safety, Brian Randolph rolls over to replace Brewer and the vacated spot at cornerback is up for grabs with Justin Coleman and Marsalis Teague being the top candidates.

Find out more on the unit from secondary coach Terry Joseph in this video.

The Blue Raiders put quite a bit of pressure on linebackers with receivers criss-crossing across the middle of the field at different depths. Senior Daryl Vereen may play quite a few snaps for the Vols to attack that.

Tennessee linebackers coach Peter Sirmon goes over the depth at the position, Curt Maggitt's status and other items in the tape below.


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