KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Corey Vereen may have had a breakout performance in Tennessee’s loss at Ole Miss on Saturday night, but the sophomore defensive end still saw plenty of things he could have done better.
The 6-foot-2, 253-pounder was disruptive against the Rebels in the Volunteers’ 34-3 defeat, racking up the second sack of his career, combining with linebacker A.J. Johnson on another and making another tackle for loss.
Vereen acknowledged Monday it was the best game of his young college career, even if it wasn’t perfect.
“Statistically, yes,” he said. “There were some technical issues that I need to refine when I go back and look at the film. Statistically there’s some good things I did for the team.”
A former three-star recruit who enrolled last January and filled a pass-rushing role in 2013, Vereen had four tackles and one for loss at Oklahoma in September.
“I thought Corey was very, very active, particularly early, coming off the football and playing like he normally does with a motor,” Vols coach Butch Jones said after the Ole Miss game.
“That was great to see, because we really need his production on defense.”
Vereen, who’s regularly drawn praise from coaches for his work ethic and approach, said Monday he wasn’t overthinking things against Ole Miss as he had been in previous games.
“It means a lot,” linebacker/defensive end Curt Maggitt said. “Production is always good, and it brings a better mojo to the D-line room. It’s not just one or two guys making plays. Vereen’s always had the capability to make plays.
“His hard work’s been paying off.”
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