Various buds of optimism sprouted throughout Tennessee head coach Butch Jones' post-Orange and White Game press conference.
Unfortunately for the young Volunteers, the words were surrounded by the weeds of worry.
The 2014 season is going to be like that for the Vols—full of hope as inexperienced players thrust into important roles all over the field grow and shine, and full of frustration, as they inevitably struggle adjusting to the rugged SEC.
For every emerging playmaker on offense or the vast improvement from the quarterback position Jones touched on Saturday, there were caveats.
The team's stars are young. The mistakes are abundant. The defense has holes. The offensive line is undeveloped. The depth has not yet arrived.
Questions abound. The stark reality is Jones, his staff and his young team have a lot of work to do in the next five months to get ready for a ridiculous schedule. This is a Vols team that will get a lot better throughout the course of the season. But what do they need to focus on foremost?
Let's take a look at the biggest concerns facing UT this offseason.
All quotes obtained firsthand.