Vol coordinators go on record

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Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 SEC) offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will have his hands full with the Mississippi State defense Saturday night (9 p.m. kick) in Davis Wade Stadium.

The Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0) are posting a plus 11 in turnover margin due in large part to their defensive production recovering six fumbles and snagging nine interceptions thus far in 2012.

One new wrinkle will include head coach Derek Dooley sitting next to him in the press box after Dooley underwent surgery to repair a broken hip Wednesday morning, when he missed practice at Haslam Field.

"I talk to Derek on the headsets and now he will be sitting next to me," Chaney said Wednesday. "I don't anticipate any difference, quite honesty, when it comes to game day.

"I have felt like a few times the head coach has been sitting next to me in the press box, but I have never had him there before. I am looking forward to it. It will be a great experience."

Watch as Chaney took time to address the media following practice at Haslam Field:

Contrary to the two-deep Tennessee issued on Monday, there will be at least one notable augmentation to the starting lineup when the Volunteers kick off in Starkville on Saturday as freshman LaDarrell McNeil has earned a spot at safety.

McNeil saw his role jump up a notch in Athens as Georgia gashed the Vols time and time again with big plays.

"I'm telling ya, I'm real excited about LaDarrell," defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri told InsideTennessee. "He's done a great job this past week. That young man is flying around, he's making plays, and he's going to be a heck of a player at the University of Tennessee.

"I think he brings a certain level of talent. This kid is extremely quick, extremely fast, and he's got football instincts. When you have those types of intangibles, you're going to play for a long time whether it's here or the next level."

Sunseri talks about other Vol personnel, Mississippi State offense and more topics in the video below:


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