The Tennessee Volunteers will be short on superstars again in 2014, which is why it's essential for head coach Butch Jones to identify the diamonds present on a roster that's rough in terms of experience.
Coaches and fans know about what they should be able to expect from proven commodities such as A.J. Johnson, Marquez North, Brian Randolph, Cameron Sutton and Marlin Lane.
But beyond those Vols who carry the burden of high expectations lies a mountain of inexperienced talent waiting to be mined.
The process to find key contributors for this season begins Friday when spring practice kicks off in Knoxville, Tenn.
Despite being in the unenviable position of having to rebuild both entire lines of scrimmage, Tennessee will field more raw talent than it has in a long time, and 14 highly touted newcomers will go through spring drills.
It's time for returners on the roster to take that logical leap to accountability as well.
So, let's take a look at six Vols who could provide surprising springs and find themselves firmly in the mix for expanded roles in 2014.