This season, Derek Dooley will be measurably more prepared than last year's outing.
The predominant freshman-lead offense was at times more nervous than a lady of the evening, sitting in the front row at a Baptist revival.
Then there were moments when we all saw glimpses of extraordinary talent coupled with generous poise.
For those same reasons, the Vols face a handful of opponents that could leave them reviewing a massacre on SportsCenter.
The question is which team's blood will cover the grass?