Second-year Tennessee head coach Butch Jones already has a top-five Rivals recruiting class and a signature win under his belt, but his work is cut out for him during the 2014 season to maintain the program's momentum.
Since his arrival on Rocky Top in early December 2012, he has hit all the right buttons. Recruiting is reaching a level not seen since the early 2000s, the fanbase is beginning to unite, and there's a general sense that Tennessee is on its way back.
However, any SEC fan knows that success in this league is fickle and can disappear in an instant. Look no further than Florida's Will Muschamp, who appeared to be the heir apparent to Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer after leading the Gators to an 11-2 record in 2012. But one dismal 4-8 season later, Muschamp is squarely on the hot seat.
Jones may have a longer leash than Muschamp, but there are a few things he must accomplish in 2014 to remove any doubt about his job security and status as the man to bring Tennessee back to the top of the SEC.