Inexperience and lack of depth abound the Tennessee Volunteers 2014 roster, but there are a handful of players in the mix who could earn All-SEC honors at the end of the upcoming season.
There are many reasons for Tennessee's downfall in recent years. Coaching changes. Roster attrition. Increased competition in the SEC. All of these are valid reasons, of course, but the most telling statistic comes from glancing at the lists of All-SEC teams during the past five or six years.
During the 90s and early 2000s, Tennessee players littered All-SEC and even All-American rosters, with representatives from Rocky Top filling several positions on the first and second teams.
Lately, All-SEC honors for the Volunteers have been few and far between, which is a direct reflection of the team's talent level on the field.
However, with the influx of new talent from the 2014 recruiting class, along with the return of a familiar face and the maturation of young playmakers, Tennessee has its best chance in years to see multiple players recognized as the SEC's cream of the crop after this upcoming season.
Here are the five Tennessee players who are most likely to be named to the 2014 All-SEC team.