Tennessee Football: Midseason Grades for the Vols New Starters

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Tennessee Football: Midseason Grades for the Vols New Starters
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Vols had to replace virtually their entire passing offense and revamp their historically inept defense following Derek Dooley's final season.

Now, sitting at 3-3 midway through 2013, the Vols are exactly where most figured they'd be under first-year coach Butch Jones. They've lost to Oregon, Florida and Georgia. They've beaten Austin Peay, Western Kentucky and South Alabama.

UT nearly got upset by the Jaguars after a second-half letdown and nearly upset the No. 6 Bulldogs with a second-half surge.

Through it all, the Vols are within striking distance of a bowl game with a solid second half of the season, but they need to get production from new faces who've been playing all over the field. Eleven new regular starters dot the Tennessee lineupsome of which have been consistent and some that appear to be making strides and improving.

Let's take a look at all of those new players and assign them a mid-term grade.

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