The Tennessee Volunteers are about to start training camp in a few weeks, and the question that remains on peoples' minds is whether or not coach Phillip Fulmer will still be able to field a successful team on the field this year.
He has lost a majority of his coaching staff, with David Cutcliffe leaving to take the head coaching position at Duke University and taking along with him two assistants from the team. Also, receivers coach Trooper Taylor went to Oklahoma State. The question still remains: "Can his new coaching staff keep his team a top contender?"
Fulmer seems to think that, as long as the team remains healthy (especially on the defensive end), the Vols have as good of a chance as any team to have a successful season.
With teams like Florida, Alabama and Kentucky on their 2008 schedule, the Vols will have a tough year ahead of them. A win against Florida would definitely be a huge boost to the Vols, having lost to them last year by a big margin. A win against Alabama could actually set this team up for a perfect season.
With five starters returning for a combined 77 starts, Coach Fulmer is hoping for leadership from the guys that know what it takes to win.
One thing is for sure, once training camp starts, I am sure all players will have one thing on their mind: winning the SEC Championship, and placing Tennessee back where they belong amongst the top three in the nation in college football.