UT giving Sentimore 2nd chance
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:00 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Darrington Sentimore already knows what it’s like competing in the Southeastern Conference.
The defensive end also has experience playing in a 3-4 defense, which Tennessee is installing this spring under new coordinator Sal Sunseri. Sentimore also knows Sunseri, who coached the linebackers at Alabama the last three seasons, from his own two years at Alabama.
“It’s not a lot different. It’s pretty much the same stuff,” Sentimore said of the 3-4 scheme. “Coach Sal is a lot harder than he was at Alabama though.
“I know a lot of guys are going to be able to make plays in the 3-4. In this type of defense Coach Sal is running, he disciplines his guys well. I know we’re going to win a championship over here with him as our defensive coordinator.”
Sentimore, from Norco, La., transferred to Tennessee after playing at Gulf Coast Community College in Mississippi last year after transferring from Alabama. He spent two seasons with the Crimson Tide, redshirting in 2009 and playing in 11 games in 2010 as a reserve defensive lineman. He had nine tackles, four quarterback hurries and forced a fumble.
The 6-foot-3 lineman says he grew up a lot in Mississippi. Now a junior, he’s looking to become a leader for the Volunteers, something he didn’t do at Alabama.
“I had to get back in the SEC,” Sentimore said. “It was very important for me to get back in the SEC. There is great talent here. A lot of good things go on in the SEC.”
With the Vols more than halfway through spring practice, Tennessee coaches are looking for more consistency from Sentimore, but coach Derek Dooley said Sentimore has been “good” so far.
“When he’s ready to go, he can make some plays, push the pocket and do some things,” Sunseri said. “He’s knows some of the things we’re doing. He still has to learn some more. Darrington has bought in and he’s doing the right things.”
Sentimore arrived at Tennessee in January weighing around 265 pounds but is around 300 pounds now. He hopes to play at that weight.
First-year defensive line coach John Palermo said Sentimore has shown good physical ability in practice, an emphasis by Tennessee coaches on both sides of the ball this spring. Sentimore said he learned a lot playing behind veterans at Alabama, specifically current NFL players Marcell Dareus and Brandon Deaderick.
Published in The Messenger 4.12.12