Tennessee defensive lineman Owen Williams pressures Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson during last Saturday’s game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
Tennessee’s defensive linemen knew they had not done their job as they trotted off the field Saturday in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.
Labeled as one of the 2015 team’s strengths, the line, led by All-SEC defensive ends Curt Maggitt and Derek Barnett, combined for one sack, three quarterback hurries and three tackles for loss.
The lack of a pass rush and disruption behind the line of scrimmage was a key in the Vols allowing 433 yards through the air —557 total — to Bowling Green, which was more than any team had recorded against UT in 2014.
“I was disappointed in everything,” defensive line coach Steve Stripling said Tuesday. “We just did not play like we’ve been performing in camp. As a unit (or) as individuals. I cannot think of one individual that played up to his potential and like we want to play and how he wants to play.”