The spring is over and summer awaits. Studs like MarQuez North, Josh Dobbs and Jason Carr are ready to join the Tennessee Volunteers and make an immediate impact. The development over the next few months of these new players and current Vols will determine the game-by-game results in the fall.
After seeing the Orange and White Game and reading the postgame comments from coaches and players, I felt the need to take the edge off my bullish 8-4 prediction from a few months ago. I was hoping for a little more offensive electricity.
A bowl invitation still seems likely, but Tennessee must have a quarterback step up soon. I recently wondered aloud if true freshman Dobbs could be the starter.
Assuming this lingering question is answered, here's how I see the Vols' 2013 season shaking out...