Tennessee Volunteer fans have been waiting patiently for their program to take a big step in the right direction after several sub-par seasons. This may be that year they have been waiting for, as Tennessee returns 18 starters from a year ago, including 10 on the offensive side of the ball.
But before we can say that this team will win eight games or so, there are players that must step up. This remains a very young team, and there are several questions that must be answered heading into September. But despite the youth factor, there are many talented players that are ready to take that next step in their collegiate careers.
With the regular season inching closer by the day, here are the top 10 Tennessee Volunteers heading into the 2012 college football season.