To ensure that the Vols ''pick it up'' before facing Kentucky Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena, Peterson has decided that the guys who play the best defense in practice will be in the starting lineup vs. the Big Blue.
''The five guys who give me the defensive effort (on the practice floor) are going to be the five guys who are going to have the privilege of running through the T (as starters),'' he said. ''I'm not going to guarantee they'll be the five who finish the game, but you'll have the privilege of running through the T and getting your name called out (on the Public Address system).''
Toward this end, Peterson and his aides have been grading recent practice films to see which players are giving the best effort on the defensive end of the floor.
Tennessee's defense has been horrendous in its two SEC road tests to date. The Vols allowed South Carolina to shoot 63.6 percent from the floor and 64.7 percent from 3-point range in Saturday's 85-64 loss. A week earlier, they permitted Florida to shoot 64.8 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from 3-point range in a 95-57 annihilation.