A candid Coiner

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Looking back at 27 losses over the last four seasons, a number of things have gone wrong for Tennessee.

Failure to follow through with Gen. Robert Neyland's Game Maxims is among them, including making their own breaks with the kicking game. In fact, it's been quite the opposite.

In spite of having highly-recruited players at both punter (Matt Darr) and kicker (Michael Palardy), Tennessee finished last in the Southeastern Conference in net punting (34.4 yards) and ninth in field-goal percentage (64.3 percent).

Charged with replacing Eric Russell (now at Washington State) to give those numbers a boost is special teams coach Charlie Coiner.

The Vols are rounding out their second week of spring practices with a scrimmaged scheduled to take place at Neyland Stadium on Friday morning at 11. At that point, coach Derek Dooley, Coiner and the staff will have a better sense of how the teams play is coming.

Coiner doubles as UT's tight ends coach and appears excited with what he has to work with in redshirt senior Mychal Rivera, sophomores Cameron Clear and Brendan Downs, along with fullback Will Bartholomew.

The tight ends appeared to get a giant boost in both talent and depth with the signing of Justin Meredith. However, as InsideTennessee reported during Under Armour All-American week back in January, the early enrollee has a hamstring injury that continues to hamper his development.

Coiner spoke with the media for just the second time since his hiring on Jan. 26. Check out video footage of the former Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears assistant by clicking play below:

With the return of All-SEC wide receiver Da' Rick Rogers to go with Justin Hunter and four talented signees, there is plenty for Big Orange Country to be excited about out wide. Darin Hinshaw spoke about whether or not that means added pressure on him and other topics in the video below:

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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