April 16th, 2012 01:09 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Tennessee
Tags: Coach Sal, Darrington Sentimore, Year One, Year Two
Defensive end Darrington Sentimore played for two seasons at Alabama. He’s familiar with Sal Sunseri’s work as an assistant. Now that the two have reunited at Tennessee — with Sentimore transferring in and Sunseri taking the reins of defensive coordinator — the player believes the coach will lead UT to new heights with his Nick Saban-style 3-4 defense:
“It’s not a lot different. It’s pretty much the same stuff. Coach Sal is a lot harder than he was at Alabama, though.
I know a lot of guys are going to be able to make plays in the 3-4. In this type of defense Coach Sal is running, he disciplines his guys well. I know we’re going to win a championship over here with him as our defensive coordinator.”
The trick for Sunseri and Tennessee is two-fold:
1. Derek Dooley is on a hot seat and this could be his final roundup in Knoxville if the team doesn’t win eight or more games.
2. Teams switching from 4-3 to 3-4 defenses usually make bigger progress in the second year of the system thanks to a year of experience in the system and a year of recruiting players specifically for said system.
Saban had more success in Year Two than in Year One at Alabama. Georgia defensive coordinator had more success in Year Two than in Year One in Athens.
So the question is: If Tennessee doesn’t have enough success in Year One of the 3-4 under Sunseri, will he and Dooley even be around for a Year Two?
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