Walker is having fun at DE for the Vols

One defensive lineman for the Vols is having fun this fall. Junior defensive end Chris Walker has a new position coach, something that appears to be a perfect match for the former Memphis Christian Brothers defensive standout. Go inside to see what Walker has to say about the team's new attitude and energy.

For one Tennessee junior defensive lineman, this fall camp has been different than any other he has participated in the last couple of years.

A new coaching staff, a new attitude and a new energy is something that Chris Walker and most of his teammates are enjoying this fall camp.

"Camp has been fun so far," Walker told InsideTennessee.com in a previous interview. "Getting back out on the field, working with the guys and this coaching staff is a lot of fun. We are all hungry and ready to get this season started and last year's season behind us."

Walker is also thankful for getting the opportunity to work with one of the best defensive line coaches in the country in Ed Orgeron.

"It's definitely been a big change for me, getting the chance to work with Coach Orgeron," Walker admitted. "He is one of the smartest defensive line coaches in the nation. He has so much knowledge about the game; he has put so many guys in the league."

One thing that Walker and the rest of the Volunteer teammates have enjoyed is the new attitude and new energy that has come with the new coaching staff.

"The energy and enthusiasm is so different than it's ever been here," Walker stated. "I'm just thankful for getting the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business."

Has the defensive line improved this fall?

"Oh yeah," Walker admitted. "Our pass rush has gotten so much better. Coach Orgeron is all about our pass rush, we work on it everyday. I feel we have gotten a lot better as a group."

Walker is also impressed with Orgeron's approach with the Vols defensive front.

"He knows what it takes to get to the pros," Walker said. "He is pushing us and treating us like grown men and professionals. Everyone has bought in to what he is teaching us, I think everyone will see a big difference."

Apparently Orgeron is also big on teaching and working on the basic fundamentals.

"It's all about our first steps," Walker said. "That's something he really stays on us about. It really makes a difference in our play. Coach O is very big on the fundamentals of the game."

Walker feels that this years Volunteer Football Team is still bitter over last fall season.

"We are really bitter and hungry right now," Walker said. "We will stay that way until we get to hit someone else. We are preparing for that first game, we will be ready."


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