Outside linebacker Omar Gaither chipped in four sacks but guess what? He's gone, too.
So, defensive coordinator John Chavis didn't hesitate when asked the most important thing that needs to happen between now and Tennessee's Sept. 2 opener against California.
"We've got to have someone come on and be an outstanding pass rusher for us," Chavis said.
Perhaps Mitchell can fill that role. In addition to his 1.5 sacks last fall, he registered 6 quarterback hurries. Maybe he can pick up some of the slack created by the departure of 2005 ends Haralson and Hall. If not, McBride may have to move from tackle to end.
"We haven't decided yet exactly where we're going to play Turk McBride," Chavis said. "If we play him inside, we could have a pair of tackles as good as any in the country. But we may have to play Turk outside to get the kind of pass rush we need."