Vols Become Early Takeaway Kings

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Updated: 9/11/2013 4:22 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The difference in Tennessee's defense this season has been the Volunteers making big plays instead of allowing them.


Tennessee (2-0) has nine takeaways to match Tulane for the most among Football Bowl Subdivision teams. The Volunteers forced seven turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns last week in a 52-20 victory over Western Kentucky.


This represents a clear change for a defense that produced only 17 turnovers last season, but it shouldn't come as a surprise. New Tennessee coach Butch Jones' teams have produced 70 turnovers since 2011. Purdue's Darrell Hazell and Colorado's Mike MacIntyre are the only FBS coaches whose teams have caused more turnovers during that stretch.


Tennessee will try forcing more takeaways Saturday at No. 2 Oregon, which hasn't turned the ball over this season

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