Are The Tennessee Lines Going To Be Better?
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley
Posted Mar 31, 2011

Are the Tennessee lines going to be any better? How are things different under Derek Dooley than they were under Lane Kiffin? From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2011 - Key Questions


What's happening this spring season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Are the Tennessee lines going to be any better? How are things different under Derek Dooley than they were under Lane Kiffin?

From Josh Woodward, … Derek Dooley is looking to improve both his defensive line and offensive line with the 2011 signing class. This has already been evident in spring practice, with true freshman Marcus Jackson taking over the left guard spot. Tennessee also got an added bonus when former Notre Dame offensive lineman Alex Bullard wanted to be closer to his mother who lives in Nashville. Bullard has received early praise from Dooley, ""He has been an incredibly big surprise," said Derek Dooley. "Rarely do you get a guy for free with that kind of size and ability. We played him at tackle early and we are going to look at him at center. He is really a good football player."

Tennessee will get some much needed defensive line help from Junior College signee Maurice Couch. When Couch arrives on campus in the fall he should immediately be penciled in as a starter. Offensive lineman Daniel Hood made the move over to the defensive front after gaining 45 pounds over the last two years. Hood was buried on the depth chart on the offensive side of the ball. Tennessee will still be thin at the defensive line position, but any help will be an improvement over last year's squad.

Lane Kiffin recruited UT as a training ground for the NFL. Dooley is recruiting Tennessee as a place to learn to how to be a man, creating the "Vol for Life" program, which has garnered national attention. College coaches around the country have created programs similar to Dooley's.

One thing to watch for this spring is who will replace Gerald Jones at the slot receiver. Jones had good hands and was a great relief valve for Bray. Tennessee signed 4 star receiver DeAnthony Arnett was has more speed than Jones and the confidence to come right in and play.

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