Playing three defensive tackles in 13-plus games ain't gonna get it.
Last season, Tennessee's defense was on the field for 904 plays. That's about 70 reps per game for each of its two defensive tackles on the field.
"I think defensive tackle is the hardest position in football," fourth-year Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling said, "because you're taking on 600 pounds every snap, you've got to turn and run 40 yards to the football, you've got to run back in 12 seconds, get lined up. That's a hard world."
Ideally, Vols coaches want to cap its D-tackles at roughly 40 plays per game. If that's going to take place this fall, more than sophomore Kahlil McKenzie, redshirt senior Danny O'Brien and redshirt junior Kendal Vickers are going to have to step up.
On Monday, the rotation saw definite, positive signs for the season ahead. Read all about and much more with InsideTennessee's staff reports after taking in a portion of the day's practice on Haslam Field.