Statistical rankings mean little to nothing in rivalry games like this one. Players play beyond their skill sets with so much on the line. Thus, it's all hands on deck and Vols fans can expect Tennessee linebackers Herman Lathers and Curt Maggitt to be suited up and on the field when the ball is kicked off on Shields-Watkins Field on Saturday evening at 6.
"It's like anything else," defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said Wednesday. "When you have two players that are those type of players, and you're playing with guys that are usually backups, it's hard. But, they went out there and got experience and went out there and played. They did a nice job, and we won the game. So, I'm happy."
See what else Sunseri said to InsideTennessee and other media members in the HD video interview below:
The Vols have given up an average of 237 yards passing through two games in the 2012 season, but cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley says it hasn't been a result of busted coverage.
"I don't think there was a bust this week," Ansley said. "We got out leveraged a couple times on stack routes. I don't think there was a bust. We had people that were making plays and made bad decisions when the ball was in the air."
Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel will be making just his second start on the college level. Watch as Ansley addresses the media following Wednesday's practice:
After a nearly flawless tackling performance by the Volunteer defense in the 35-21 season-opening victory over North Carolina State, the Big Orange took a step back last week. The major difference is if that happens against the Gators, the whiffs will turn into six points in a hurry.
Florida had 10 explosive plays (10-yard rush, 20-yard pass) in its 20-17 win over Texas A&M in College Station last week.
Starting safeties Byron Moore (8 tackles in season opener) and Brian Randolph (leads team with 15 tackles) will see their importance heighten as the Gators have as much speed on the perimeter as any team the Vols will face in 2012.
"They've got a lot of speed, obviously," safeties coach Josh Conklin said. "You seem them catch the ball really, really well. They can cause you some problems in space."
Conklin remarked on how else to defend Florida in this video: