Any Tennessee football fan will quickly admit that Derek Dooley’s first two seasons in Knoxville have been anything but a breeze. The Vols have struggled enough to the point that Dooley’s job could be on the line after the 2012 season.
Due to two coaching changes and the natural roster attrition that follows, the Tennessee roster wasn’t overflowing with talent when Dooley took the job. In turn, Tennessee was forced to throw freshmen into the fire on many occasions.
After two good recruiting years, and a small amount of stability at the top, the Vols enter 2012 with their best roster of talent in several years. Derek Dooley won’t be forced to call upon as many freshmen to play keys roles as he has in the past—at least that’s the hope around Knoxville. However, a few freshmen will find their way into the starting lineup at some point.
Here are the freshmen who will start for the Vols in 2012.