Tennessee's leader in talking to the press is Nick Reveiz.
Reveiz was a walk on from Farragut, Tennessee who led the Vols in special team tackles and started four games last year, accumulating 27 tackles. He earned another year of eligibility, has been outspoken in his support of Dooley, and worked hard to rehab his injured knee.
The Vols' leaders on the field will be Gerald Jones, Luke Stocker, and Chris Walker.
Jones earned the Big Lick Award for toughness, which is a rarity in the age of TO and Chad Ochocinco, receivers who are divas and don't run block. He can get great separation at the receiver position and will definitely lead by example.
Stocker could have entered the NFL Draft and been a third or fourth round pick, but he decided to make sure the Derek Dooley era had a smooth transition. He worked hard on his conditioning this spring, earning the Fourth Quarter Award, but missed the spring game.
Stocker is an underrated red zone threat who had three TDs in his last five games. He will lead by his work ethic and knowledge of the offensive signals, which will help the inexperienced offensive line protect the even more inexperienced quarterback.
Finally, Chris Walker showed great leadership of the White team. His motor and hunger for pass rushing will be a great example for young defensive linemen like Jacques Smith.
By integrating the young players on his roster, Walker has created a rapport with the underclassmen and will be a leader as both captain and pass rusher.
Despite all their flaws in their talent levels, the Vols have great leadership, and with more top ten recruiting classes the talent will come.