Defense won't get cocky

If Tennessee's defensive players think they'll have an easy time Saturday in Lexington, maybe they need to check the game films of their last visit to Commonwealth Stadium.

The 2001 Vols boasted one of the NCAA's premier defenses, allowing just 275 yards per game. Kentucky surpassed that total in the first two quarters, piling up 279 yards BY HALFTIME. Tennessee had to rally from a 21-point deficit to prevail 38-35. Big Blue quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed for 406 yards and four touchdowns that day, and probably would've beaten the Big Orange if not for a fumble by UK tight end Chase Harp that Tennessee recovered in the final minute of play.

Vol defensive coordinator John Chavis may never forget the way UK shredded his defense that day.

''They got hot,'' he said. ''When they get hot, they can play with anybody. They attacked us, and it took awhile to slow the bleeding. We never stopped it but we finally slowed it down, made a few plays on defense and got back in the game.''

Although Lorenzen gave UT fits two years ago, Chavis is just as concerned with Kentucky's backup quarterback, Shane Boyd.

''He's got a backup who's an outstanding player, as well,'' Chavis said. ''There's going to always be good players at Kentucky, just like we're always going to have good players at Tennessee.''

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