One of the most intriguing University of Tennessee football seasons in recent memory will see its first chapter written Friday as coach Butch Jones' class of 32 newcomers steps onto the field together for the first time.
Because of all the newness and uncertainty, the story of this season will be rich with plot twists.
As Jones embarks on his second season as UT coach, he could be complaining about having to restock the shelf on Rocky Top. Instead, he sees opportunity.
"I like it," Jones said at SEC media days, according to Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Patrick Brown. "They sit there, they're eager, they listen to every word you say. They have no preconceived notions on anything. They just want more. They want to learn. They're hungry."
A deeper dive into the roster shows the Vols are even greener than the huge class indicates. Brown noted 51 UT players are either in their first or second seasons, and just 11 players have 10 or more starts.
While that much youth could be the key ingredient for a long season, the Vols haven't exactly lit the world on fire in recent years. Perhaps that's why Jones seems a little bit invigorated.
He hasn't settled on a quarterback, has enough questions along the lines of scrimmage to make the most optimistic coaches squirm and has a team chock-full of unknowns.
But the roster flip the past two seasons means this is Jones' team, and everybody is eager to see how it'll look. So, let's take a look at the top storylines entering the 2014 season.