The summer heat isn't as hot. The leaves are just beginning to turn. Students are heading back to class. Student athletes are looking at game film. Head coaches have begun their daily ulcer prevention regimen.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's college football time in America.
It's a new season for every college football program in the country. A time for teams to put last year behind them and set out to form a new identity. At no place in America is this more welcomed than at the University of Tennessee.
A blowout loss to a much better Virginia Tech team in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl is the last memory that the Big Orange faithful have of their beloved Vols.
Of course, the offseason turmoil including the abrupt departure of Phillip Fulmer's replacement at head coach leaving for somewhat greener pastures at Southern Cal, the second head coaching search in a little over a year, and a mass defection of talented players, have made this offseason rather forgettable.
Now, it's time to officially put all of that in the past and focus on the 2010 Tennessee Volunteers. With that said, Vols fans might have to endure a tough season based on the loss of such talented players and a lack of depth, but Tennessee fans will still have plenty to cheer about at times this season because of the addition of a host of talented newcomers at the top of the depth chart.
Here are just a few of the newbies that will have Vols fans singing Rocky Top more than once this season.