At 5-11 and 225 pounds, Simon seems an unlikely candidate to emerge as the Vols' premier pass rusher ... but he is.
''That was something he and I sat down and discussed in the offseason,'' defensive coordinator John Chavis said. ''It's a great example of him listening. Last year we lost a tremendous amount of our pass rush when we lost Kevin Burnett (to a Game 1 ACL tear), so one of the things Kevin Simon and I talked about was that he needed to be a more explosive blitzer ... that he needed to really improve in that area.
''We've drilled it and worked it as much as we possibly can. Some of it (blitzing) has to be natural (ability) but I think he took it to heart. He told me he'd show me he could be that type of player, and he's starting to get there.''