The Tennessee Volunteers had a rough season, finishing 5-7 and failing to make a bowl for the third consecutive year.
Despite the rough sledding, at least Butch Jones and his first-year coaching staff developed a few playmakers along the way. With a star-studded recruiting class able to help in 2014, Jones will have more potential difference makers at his disposal.
Tennessee will be one of the youngest teams in the nation next year, but the Vols also should be much more talented all over the football field than they've been in recent seasons.
This year's recruiting haul is shaping up to be one of the best in school history, which is remarkable considering the current state of the program. With all the new faces—and a year in the weight room for some others—there are bound to be some new go-to players in the fold.
With the influx of talent and a slew of players with the ability to make instant impacts, UT will be improved in 2014, and all the new faces will enable the Vols to get over that hump and into the postseason.
Here are eight players who will emerge as stars for Jones and help propel UT to a bowl game.