Tennessee Football: Predicting the Depth Chart Heading into Fall Camp

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Tennessee Football: Predicting the Depth Chart Heading into Fall Camp
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Tennessee coach Butch Jones now has a lot of talented pieces. Can he put them all together to form a winning football team?

The 2014 Tennessee Volunteers have so many question marks, even their head coach won't know what to think until he sees them on the practice field.

Sure, Butch Jones probably has an idea what to expect. But there are battles at the vast majority of positions, and reliance on players with zero experience is a brutal reality for the second-year coach.

"It's a team of unknowns," Jones told local reporters at last week's SEC media days, according to GoVols247's Wes Rucker (subscription required). "Just a little less than half of our football team will be new this year. ... So it's gonna be, 'How fast can we jump that learning curve?'"

Depth charts this time of year for teams like Tennessee who will be relying on youngsters are ever-changing. A defensive end today may be a linebacker tomorrow. A freshman may line up at cornerback one day and be a safety the next.

Fall camp is going to be crucial for Jones to pelt the newcomers with as much as they can handle right away and see who responds. Whoever can grasp it will be relied upon once the season starts.

Also, who plays what position also will depend heavily on what UT is doing situationally to match up with the opponent.

"Nick Saban may act like he's the only coach who hates depth charts, but, trust me, all of them do," Rucker told Bleacher Report. "The simple fact is depth charts are very complicated these days."

Let's try to wade through the murky waters and offer an educated guess on who should emerge throughout fall drills for the Vols as a two-deep depth chart becomes clearer.

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