Not only are the Vols are beating themselves; they're doing a slambang job of it.
''It's just a matter of us doing our job and doing it the right way,'' Ofenheusle said. ''So many times it's a missed block here or a guy missing a cut there. It's easy for a defense to defend you when you're not getting it done yourself. That's what we need to work on. We'll be fine if we do that.''
Ofenheusle, a senior captain, optimistically recalled that the Vols rallied from a sluggish 2-3 start in 2000 to win their final seven regular-season games. Asked what he learned from that season, he replied:
''I learned to go out there, have fun and play hard. We weren't very good but we won seven in a row at the end because we played hard and played with a lot of heart. I think we knew we had to play hard because we didn't have much talent.''