With spring practice in the rear-view mirror, the current state of the Tennessee Volunteers football team is becoming clearer.
While there is still an entire offseason to correct mistakes and more than half of a vaunted recruiting class yet to arrive in Knoxville, early assessments can be made about the 2014 rendition of the Vols.
The initial returns are that even though they aren't nearly ready to compete at a championship level, they've improved since coach Butch Jones' inaugural 5-7 season.
In the midst of his post-spring evaluation, Jones told Volquest.com's Brent Hubbs and John Brice (subscription required) his team is green but growing: "I think the overall strides has been the complete overall development of our football team in terms of forming great habits, improving some positions from a competitive standpoint, our standards and our expectations."
From the lines of scrimmage to a lack of defensive depth, there are various talent gulfs for which UT must compensate. Luckily, improvement at quarterback and a stable of able playmakers on offense look promising.
Here are six things we think we know about the Vols entering the critical summer strength and conditioning months.
Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.