KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers sees a bigger difference now in first-year defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri's 3-4 scheme than he did in the spring.
Lathers said that in the spring, players had trouble just lining up correctly, but a summer's worth of film study and visiting with position coaches has Sunseri pleased with the defense's progress.
"The start of the spring was rough, new coaches, new scheme," Lathers said. "A lot of guys didn't trust the stuff, but once spring got midway, a lot of guys seen the scheme works only if you follow the scheme and do what you're supposed to do.
"Playing in the defense is all about trust and being comfortable with who you're playing with. Trusting the guy next to you to do his job and make plays."
Sunseri still wants players developing toughness and working on fundamentals while adjusting to the new defense.
"Anytime you come in and you're a new coordinator -- regardless of what package you're running and what ...