Vol defense wins booby prize

Tennessee's football team has been playing Dolly Parton defense this fall. In other words, the Vol performances have been characterized by big busts.

Whereas a big bust has been a big boost for Parton's career, it has been a big problem for UT defensive coordinator John Chavis all fall. He's hoping for fewer big busts and more big stops today against Georgia than the Vols had in last Saturday's 28-21 loss at Auburn.

LSU made very few busts (assignment errors) in handing Georgia its only loss of the season three weeks ago in Baton Rouge. Chavis would like to be similarly mistake-free vs. the Dawgs but says he won't try to mold Tennessee's defense to match LSU's in order to do so.

''We've had more busts than we'd like to have,'' the coordinator said this week. ''You're going to always have some busts but we've got to do what we can do. We can't copy anybody; we're going to be Tennessee. We feel very confident in our scheme. The biggest thing is, you've got to do what your players can do.

''Our guys are working extremely hard. Going back to the Auburn game, I was really pleased with the fact they played for 60 minutes. We don't have an effort problem. I don't think we have a talent problem. The problems we have we can get corrected and, if we're going to win, we've GOT to get corrected.''


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