While it's impossible to ignore the glaring questions facing the Tennessee Volunteers, it wasn't difficult for head coach Butch Jones to put a spring-ending positive spin on how far the team has come.
The Vols are a young, inexperienced work in progress, but if they get some serious help on defense, there are enough offensive weapons about which to get excited.
That was evident during Saturday's Orange and White Game, and Jones even cracked a smile a few times in discussing a month of practice where tons got accomplished, his team grew up and no major injuries were incurred.
"I left here a year ago at this time obviously very concerned about our throw game and big splash plays and that kind of showed itself last season, and that's in the past," Jones said. "I'm very encouraged by what I see, but we have a long way to go."
Jones, of course, went on to note the team's deficiencies—such as tackling, defensive depth and turnovers—but those are concerns for another day.
The spring finale was about the playmakers who emerged, and there were plenty. Let's examine Saturday's stars.
All quotes were obtained firsthand.