“Stop-Rate” Remains Important Stat For Vols Defensive Coordinator Tim Banks

Tim Banks is back for his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator.

The Vols finished sixth in the SEC in points allowed per game last season, giving up an average of 23 points a game.

Pass defense was an issue for Tennessee a year ago, they were 127th in the nation in defending opponent’s air attacks.

But Banks believes his guys were better than that stat.

Said Banks:”Are you getting off the field. I think. I think we are top 25 in the country in stop-rate. Obviously you just talk statistically, people will say you weren’t quite good in the passing game. Well you know we weren’t. We were good where we needed to be, and that’s getting our tails off the field. That’s the bottom line in football. Don’t let’em score. Get off the field. Give the offense a chance to be good.”

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