As the Missouri Tigers prepare to play the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, their defense is preparing to face a large road block to accomplishing its goals.
"Their line is massive," said sophomore defensive lineman Kony Ealy, speaking about going against the Volunteers' massive men at offensive line. Ealy is hardly exaggerating, as the Vols biggest blocker is left tackle Antonio Richardson, who is 6'6" and 332 pounds. Right tackle Ja'waun James is 6'6", 323 pounds.
Despite a difficult task, Ealy says it takes persistence. "It's kind of hard getting past them when you [have] to use a whole lot of moves, and if it takes every move, every play of the game, you go do it."
Overall, Tennessee's starting offensive line averages just under 6'5" and weighs 318 pounds. On the two-deep, the Volunteers' backups as a unit average 6'3" and 307 pounds. But Ealy thinks the Tigers have what it takes to get around the mass. "We [have] to use that to our advantage, us being a lot faster."