'Tenacious' D

Anyone wanting to pinpoint the defensive star of Saturday's Tennessee scrimmage could take your pick ... literally.

Outside linebacker Savion Frazier had a pick. Defensive end Gerald Williams had a pick. Cornerback Eric Gordon had a pick and cornerback Anthony Anderson had a pick. Frazier and Gordon returned their picks for touchdowns.

Considering that Tennessee defenders didn't record a single interception in the first two scrimmages combined, getting four in one workout represents a pretty significant improvement.

"I think the defense came out and had a complete effort today," senior defensive end Chris Walker said following the two-hour scrimmage. "We were happy with our intensity and how we played. We cut down on the mental errors, which is good. We'll just keep rolling, getting ready for the first game."

After starting flat in Scrimmage No. 1 and finishing flat in Scrimmage No. 2, the defenders apparently kept their energy and focus from the first snap to the last snap this time.

"I think it was a lot better, just from the mistake standpoint on our side of the ball," Walker said. "We really concentrated this week on not making mistakes, and I think we did that this week."

Tennessee had a fairly good defense in 2009, allowing 318.8 yards and 22.2 points per game. Even with many of the '09 defenders back, Walker sees a different personality emerging on the 2010 defense.

"I think we have a lot more outstanding personalities on the defense this year - me, Gerald, Janzen (Jackson), Herman (Lathers), Savion. I think we're guys with outstanding personalities, and I think everybody feeds off of our energy."

Asked to summarize this defense in one word, Walker paused a moment, smiled, then responded:

"Tenacious. We're going to come at you every down. Every snap we're going to run people in and out, so I think we're going to be fresh every down. We have a lot of people that can rotate in, so I think we're going to come after you every down."

EDITOR'S NOTE: No stats were made available, reportedly because this was a situational scrimmage focusing on two-minute offense and four-minute run-out-the-clock scenarios.


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