Darrell Taylor: 'We have done a lot of film study, spent a lot of time in our books'

Darrell Taylor: 'We have done a lot of film study, spent a lot of time in our books'

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Darrell Taylor: 'We have done a lot of film study, spent a lot of time in our books'

KNOXVILLE — Redshirt junior linebacker Darrell Taylor has played in 14 games during his Tennessee career.

At 6-foot-4, 247-pounds, Taylor looks like a good fit for Jeremy Pruitt’s outside linebacker position, a role that brings pressure to the quarterback in his accustomed 3-4 scheme.

Taylor said during fall camp media availability that “it’s been great” of the adjustment to outside linebacker.

“Working with Coach (Chris) Rumph and Coach Pruitt, I think it’s been great making that transition from defensive end to outside linebacker.”

Taylor played in nine games last season and recorded 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two pass deflections, and two forced fumbles.

Now in his fourth year at Tennessee, Taylor is looking to become a leader for the Vols.

“I think I’ve grown a lot,” he said. “I’m trying to be more of a leader this year than I was last year and just trying to take the right steps there and help the team achieve a goal.”

Switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme along with adapting to a new coaching staff that teaches technique and can be more in detail with intensity can be a process of adjustment.

“I think we adjusted pretty well because he (Chris Rumph) came in and told us what we needed to do, and everything he needed us to do in the defense, what we needed to bring to the table,” Taylor said. “So I think we adjusted pretty well to it.

“In the spring it was hard, but I think we have the hang of it now and the coaches are helping us as much as they can. We have done a lot of film study and we’ve spent a lot of time in our books.”

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