Tennessee's spring practice closed with a whirlwind Orange-and-White Game where points were scored at a dizzying pace, and concerns were compounded about a defense already riddled with questions.
Even so, head coach Butch Jones noted on several occasions since that he was pleased with the team's progress.
The Vols are young, and they're more talented than they were a season ago, but there are still plenty of the potholes that come along the long road of rebuilding a program.
"It's like I tell our football team: The team that has the most talent doesn't necessarily win," Jones told The Daily Beacon's Dargan Southard and Troy Provost-Heron in his post-spring Q&A. "It's the team that has the best team…
"We only have 12 seniors on our football team right now, so leadership from everyone, every class is going to be at a premium."
The Vols are looking for leaders. They're looking for consistency. And they're looking for playmakers. Some of those were found this spring; some weren't.
Let's take a look at the Vols' post-spring winners and losers.
Quotes gathered firsthand unless otherwise noted.