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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Cedi Osman Jersey . -- Tennessees defense has one last chance to redeem itself this year after staggering through the end of the regular season.The Volunteers dealt with multiple injuries and never quite recovered, giving up 39.3 points per game in their last six regular-season matchups with Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. In its last three games, Tennessee allowed 400-plus yards rushing to Kentucky and Missouri as well as 416 yards passing to Vanderbilt.Tennessee (8-4) hopes the end of the regular season helps the defense recharge heading into the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl with No. 24 Nebraska (9-3) at Nashville, Tennessee.You hit the reset button, Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said. Its a fresh start. Bowls mean different things to different people. The first step to playing well in a bowl game is a desire to be there, and I sense that in our unit and our team.Shoop has endured a difficult season in his first year at Tennessee after successful stints as a coordinator at Vanderbilt (2011-13) and Penn State (2014-15). Each of his last five teams had ranked in the top 25 in total defense, but Tennessee ranks 109th out of 128 FBS programs in that category.Injuries decimated a Tennessee defense that entered the season with high hopes, though Nebraska is taking nothing for granted. Nebraskas offense has its own issues, as quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.s hamstring injury leaves his status uncertain for the bowl game.I think their struggles came from injuries, Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said. Theyre getting guys back. They look good to me. Theyve got some really talented players.Tennessee lost linebackers Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Quarte Sapp as well as tackles Kahlil McKenzie and Shy Tuttle plus safety Evan Berry to season-ending injuries. Reeves-Maybin, the Volunteers leading tackler in 2015, played just four games this year.Cornerback Cam Sutton missed six regular-season games and linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. has appeared in only seven games. Injuries forced Tennessee to use 10 different starting combinations in the secondary.To watch our style of play from the beginning of the season to the end of the season, it almost looks like two different teams, Shoop said.Tennessees vulnerability on defense became particularly evident the last three games of the regular season.Kentucky fell 49-36 to Tennessee despite rushing for 443 yards, three shy of the Wildcats 65-year-old school single-game record. In a 63-37 loss to the Vols , Missouri gained 740 total yards, the highest single-game total ever allowed by Tennessee. Vanderbilt beat Tennessee 45-34 by posting its highest single-game point total against an SEC opponent since 1971.As he discussed the defenses struggles over the last three games, Shoop said that I own those. Those are on me.Confidence and momentum are powerful things, and I think at some point maybe in the Kentucky or Missouri game we lost a little bit of confidence, Shoop said. I think we were a little worn down.Shoop noted that Tennessee still won two of those games but acknowledged the Vanderbilt performance leaves a sour taste in your mouth, theres no question about that.Tennessee has responded by adjusting its bowl practice approach to address the tackling problems that have hurt this defense.Were going to do more tackling than we ever have in terms of bowl preparation, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said. Its a balancing act because you want to be fresh for the bowl game too, but when you look at bowl games as bowl season starts, its usually dictated by special teams, by turnovers and by tackling. The last couple of bowl games weve won, weve excelled in those areas.Tennessees players see the bowl game as an opportunity to make up for the mistakes they made during the regular season.Every day we come out there, were trying to be better at run defense, pass defense and just be a complete defense, which we kind of failed to do the past few games, defensive end Corey Vereen said.NOTE: Tennessee freshman defensive end Mykelle McDaniel isnt practicing with the team leading up to the bowl game as a disciplinary measure. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Ryan Robinson said McDaniel is expected to rejoin the team at the start of the spring semester. McDaniel is redshirting this season.---AP sports writer Eric Olson in Lincoln, Nebraska, contributed to this report.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25---Follow Steve Megargee at www.twitter.com/stevemegargee John Holland Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. J.R. Smith Jersey .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. http://www.cheapcavaliersjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=cheap-london-perrantes-jersey .2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for the leagues broadcast and multimedia rights. ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Kerry Hyder is humble, not bitter. Motivated, not satisfied.Only the reigning Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, has more sacks this season than Hyder, a player few had heard of a year ago. The defensive end has five sacks and has been one of the few bright spots for the Detroit Lions (1-3) so far.Hyder quietly waited his turn to get a chance to play in the NFL, going undrafted in 2014 and spending nearly two seasons on practice squads with the New York Jets and Lions before getting his shot. He is making the most of an opportunity that came about because Ezekiel Ansah has missed much of the season with a sprained left ankle.Hyder insisted he never doubted his ability to play in the league.It was just a matter of time, Hyder said Wednesday.Hyder speaks softly with a gentle smile, but practices hard and plays with relentless effort to make up for his lack of imposing size or blazing speed. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Hyder understands why he was not among the 256 players taken in the 2014 NFL draft after he had two sacks as a senior at Texas Tech.Im not 6-5. I dont have the measureables that people look for, he said. A player like me just needs a chance to get in to show that you can make plays at this level. It was hard. Sometimes I would get anxious and wonder why I wasnt getting a shot. My mom and dad would always tell me to enjoy the process. My dad would remind me there are a bunch of people fighting for those practice squad spots so make them earn it if theyre going to take your spot.The Rex Ryan-led Jets gave him his first NFL job, putting him on their practice squad two years ago.When the season was over, Rex wasnt there anymore andd it was clearly time for me to find a better situation, Hyder said. George Hill Jersey. Hyders second chance came last year in Detroit and he took advantage. He was regularly recognized for helping the team prepare for opponents as the look team player of the week.He got it several weeks, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. And, he probably couldve gotten it almost every week.Caldwell and his coaches noticed Hyder was in the backfield a lot so they moved him from defensive tackle to end and asked him to lose some weight. It has worked out for both parties.Hyder is the first player to open a season for the Lions with a sack in four straight games since William Gay did it in 1983. When Detroit hosts the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) on Sunday, one of Hyders former teammates will be thrilled to see him in uniform on a game day for a change.Im glad that Kerry Hyder finally gets the respect hes due, Eagles linebacker Stephen Tulloch said. Hes a guy that wears number 61. Nobody thought he would make the team.Even though Hyders spot on the team is secure, he plans to maintain his pace as a pass-rusher for a team that desperately needs it with Ansah and linebacker DeAndre Levy nursing injuries.I just want to keep it going, Hyder said. 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