With less than 10 days until "it's football time in Tennessee," it's time to meet the new faces in the starting lineup for the 2013 Volunteers. There will be 11 such players, two of which were a coach's decision to promote over returning starters.
Six of the eleven are from the offense, including all three wide receivers. The offensive line lost just one player and Rajion Neal will be returning at running back, but the rest of the offense is brand new. After a historic 2012 campaign, the 2013 offense may have some catching up to do.
The defense features five new starters, two of which impressed coaches enough to leapfrog incumbent starters. In today's college game, though, the title of starter is really just that -- a title. Fast-paced offenses require constant substitutions on the defense's part.
There is but one true freshman slated to start this fall simply because he's the best and not because of injury to an upperclassman. There's plenty of young talent across the field, though, so if a freshman isn't a starter on opening day, he certainly could be by season's end.
Enough talk! Meet your new starting Tennessee Volunteers.