The 2012 season marks one of the most important for the Tennessee Volunteers in recent memory. Sure, it's a crucial year for the future of Derek Dooley, but it's also a potential breakout year for the Vols as a whole and a return to conference relevancy.
With juniors and seniors finally starting where freshmen and sophomores have been for the past two years, the Big Orange has experience to compete with anyone in the country.
As far as talent goes, the Vols already have several starters appearing on trophy watchlists and early presesason all-conference teams.
But why is 2012, not 2013 or even 2014, the year that the Vols are best-suited to contend for the SEC East?