Opportunities abound for Eric Gordon

With key defensive backs like Dennis Rogan and Eric Berry headed to the NFL opportunities are abound in the defensive backfield. Go "Inside" to hear what Eric Gordon has to say about his opportunity to work his way into the Vols starting lineup.

Dennis Rogan and Eric Berry have moved on to the NFL leaving a big hole in the Volunteers defensive secondary.

Eric Gordon may not be a name that Tennessee fans are familiar with, but he is certainly a player fans might need to get to know.

"I am very excited," said Gordon. "There's definitely a greater chance of me playing this season."

Gordon is going through his first spring camp with the Orange and White and working every day to secure a spot in the starting lineup.

"Everybody knows you get your position in the spring," said Gordon. "I am just trying to bring it every day."

Although highly regarded out of high school, rated four stars by Scout, Gordon struggled to find the field during the 2009 season.

"It was hard because I came in July and I didn't know the coverages, the schemes, I was kind of just thrown out there," said Gordon. "I didn't know much technique or what to do."

The sidelines aren't where Gordon wants to be in 2010 after living through a disappointing freshman season.

"It was one of the hardest things I ever did, just ready to leave every day, ready to transfer, just talking to my parents and my family just to stick it out," said Gordon. "It made me be more humble. Knowing I wasn't the top guy coming in just made me hungrier and more humble."

Gordon said he never wants to relive a season like the one previous.

"Just being on the sideline every game, the whole game. It was just so frustrating," said Gordon. "I don't ever want to do that again so that's why I am going to work hard every day."

The cornerback said he is enjoying the opportunity to work with his new defensive backs coach Terry Joseph.

"He is great," said Gordon. "He is one of the greatest DB coaches I have played with."

Gordon knew that when junior starting corner Dennis Rogan declared for the NFL draft that he had been given a green light to step into a starting role with hard work.

"He's a great player, but all that depth its hard to come in not knowing the scheme," said Gordon. "When I heard some of those guys were leaving it just gave me a green light to get focused and get ready."

The second year corner out of Nashville will be working hard to be a name that Tennessean's and SEC players get to know very well.


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