With new staff, Vols tougher to prepare for this season
With so little videotape from which to study Tennessee's new defensive schemes, preparing for this week's game against the Vols is more difficult than in recent years.
"I’ve seen two games on them, one against Western Kentucky, one against UCLA,'' Florida offensive coordinator/OL coach Steve Addazio said. "So I don’t have the depth of what their plan is like when you have six, seven, eight, games on a team. So we’ve seen some of their package, I’m sure we haven’t seen it all. It’s just one of those deals where we’re going to play really fast, really physical, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to control what we do. Obviously we’re going to practice against what we think we see and what we think we’ll get. And if we have to make adjustments to that, we’ll do that, which frequently happens.''
UF coach Urban Meyer said new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's defense isn't completely different from that of former coordinator John Chavis.
"They both play a lot of bear,'' Meyer said. "Both of them create a little blitz issues, but they are more of what you call smoke issues -the safety blitzes off of both sides - that’s a little bit more than what they’ve done in the past. But they are very similar.''
The Gators anticipate the Vols will come at them with zone-blitzes, and zone pressures. And because Addazio and UT defensive line coach Ed Orgeron worked together at Syracuse, Addazio said he's certain that the Gators' O-line is in for a battle.
"I think our guys are really looking forward to that contest up front,'' Addazio said.
Because this game is the SEC opener for both teams, Addazio said he expects both teams will pull out some things the opponent hasn't seen yet this year.
"That’s the stuff when you go into these games, you worry about it,'' he said. "You always want to be prepared, you want to put your players in the best positions, you want to rep out everything you think you’re going to see, but that’s not always the case. It just isn’t.''