Teaching the 3-4 transition

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Transitioning from a 4-3 defensive set to a 3-4 sounds simple enough, right? Drop a lineman, bring on a linebacker?

It's far more complex than the average fan realizes but Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is quite confident he has the right man for the job in first-year defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri.

Coaches throughout the Big Orange staff have maintained that they will be multiple with their looks and scheme, not a complete overhaul to the 3-4.

"I'm putting the University of Tennessee's system in," Sunseri said following Wednesday morning's practice. "I've worked with (Denver Broncos coach) John Fox, who you guys know was a 4-3 guy. You're going to see a multiplicity of fronts and coverages. It's the University of Tennessee system."

Former defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (now at Washington) didn't leave the cupboard bare for the 2012 Vols. The lone contributors to graduate were Malik Jackson, Austin Johnson, Ben Martin and Daryl Vereen — and not all of them played a majority of the snaps.

Thus, there's plenty of SEC experience for Sunseri & Co. to work with, including fifth-year senior Prentiss Waggner.

To hear Sunseri's thoughts as he spoke with the media following Wednesday morning's practice, click play on the video below:

Josh Conklin is still transitioning to life in Knoxville as the staff's most recent hire. The safeties coach talked on camera Wednesday as well. Click play below to get his thoughts on UT:

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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