Tennessee enters this season with many unknowns including the task to replace NFL first-round picks Eric Berry and Dan Williams.
An entire new backfield will suit up for the Vols this year, and that's not even in the Top Five of the fans worries.
Let's take a look at the most concerning areas for the Vols going into the 2010 season.
With the third coach in three years, the Vols have experienced a lot of turnover in player personnel due to the changes.
Entering the 2009 season players like B.J. Coleman, Lennon Creer, Ahmad Paige, E.J. Abrams Ward, Ramone Johnson and Donald Langley were either sent packing by the Kiffin regime or chose to explore other options on their own accord. Nukeese Richardson, Mike Edwards and Brandon Warren were also dismissed during the season due to discipline issues.
A year and a coach later, Derek Dooley has already witnessed the departures of linebacker Chris Donald, quarterbacks Nick Stephens and Nick Lamaison, along with the only returning starter from last year's offensive line in Aaron Douglas.
Uncertainty also surrounds former No. 1 prospect Bryce Brown, but the feeling is he will not be wearing orange next season.
Depth due to the loss of so many bodies is going to be an issue for the Vols, so the avoidance of injury will be extremely important.
As if the rigors of the SEC schedule wasn't enough, the Vols have an early season meeting with Pac-10 powerhouse Oregon in Knoxville.
This will be an early test to see how the Vols stack up against quality competition. The Ducks will be without starting QB Jeremiah Masoli which is a major break for the Vols.
Even after the showdown with the Ducks, the Vols then will have to face Florida, UAB, @ LSU and @ Georgia before their bye-week that is followed by the defending National Champions coming to town.
The 2010 schedule is grueling for the Vols but if there is a silver lining at least they have some of their more difficult games at home in Oregon, Florida and Alabama.
Gone are the days where Tennessee was a football factory for defensive tackles.
John Henderson, Albert Haynesworth, Justin Harrell, Darwin Walker and recently Dan Williams are nowhere to be found, but returning starter Montori Hughes looks to keep the legacy alive.
The problem is that Hughes doesn't seem to have much company at his defensive tackle spot. The admission of JUCO transfer and former Florida Gator John Brown will be extremely important for depth at the position.
Marlon Walls looks to be a bit undersized but could be valuable when utilized for pass rush situations.
Rae Sykes also looks to throw his hat into the ring for playing time but the tackle position is short on experience and bodies.
The most turnover from last season has taken place on the offensive line. The Vols lose all five starters. An effective offensive line must be in place to help out a first year starter at both the quarterback and running back positions.
JaWuan James is thrown right into the fire as a freshman at right tackle, and will need to learn quick on the job. There is little game experience from the rest of the potential starters as well.
Last year, the line proved to be effective with two walk-ons at the center and guard positions so the talent/potential level may be equal overall.
But the new look line doesn't have much time to get acclimated to their respective positions.
Derek Dooley will definitely be under a microscope this year.
Fans and pundits alike have questioned the hire from day one and no one knows for sure what to expect from the new head coach in terms of wins and losses.
Dooley managed to save the 2010 recruiting class with some key additions of his own and has said all the right things coming into this season.
Dooley's staff seems to have a lot of potential with the hiring of former Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and former Vol great Chuck Smith to coach the defensive line. Also thrown into the mix are former NFL position coaches Charlie Baggett and Harry Hiestand.
A 17-20 record at Louisiana Tech worries many at first glance, and Coach Dooley will have quite the task ahead of him to put the Vols back on top.
A seven or eight win season will be considered a success in the eyes of many and should quiet the doubters at least for a short period of time.