The Tennessee Volunteers are 98 days away from the kickoff of the 2013 college football season. It will be an important year for new head coach Butch Jones, both for recruiting and overall program-rebuilding. His first class, the 2013 recruits, features at least five players that could potentially start from day one.
After the worst three-year stretch in 100 years, the Big Orange needs to get to the six-win threshold so that they can play in the postseason for the first time since 2010. I believe the team can get seven or even eight wins, but only if certain holes are filled.
Off the top of Vol fans' heads, wide receiver is a glaring weakness after losing two top-35 picks to April's NFL draft. But cornerback, defensive line and the all-important quarterback position are just a few others that offer incoming freshmen a chance at playing time, or even a starting spot.
Tennessee's 2013 freshmen will make the difference in earning either a bowl-winning season or succumbing to an unprecedented fourth consecutive losing season.