Defensive tackle was a huge question mark for Tennessee entering this season, but these two seniors have done a tremendous job answering it.
Wes Brown joins Josh McNeil in the bad knees club, but has made it through ten games this season without missing much action. Lane Kiffin moved Brown from defensive end to defensive tackle, and Brown hasn't missed a beat. He's recorded 3.5 sacks and 5 TFLs this season, to go along with an interception picked up last week at Ole Miss. He took a position in question and turned it into a solid answer for this defense.
We knew Dan Williams was good coming into this season, but his play has been simply outstanding. An All-SEC and All-America candidate, Williams has 6.5 TFLs and 8 QB hurries this season to go along with 52 tackles, leading the way in the trenches and blowing up running plays by himself on several occasions. And remember, without Dan Williams' block, Lones Seiber makes this kick and Georgia goes to the SEC Championship Game instead of us:
Montori Hughes and the other Vols who will step in next season have big shoes to fill on both counts at defensive tackle. Meanwhile, Dan Williams could join Eric Berry in the first round of April's NFL Draft.